By Gina Damron
DETROIT - The woman sought help from police after reportedly being assaulted by her boyfriend.
But while police responded to the domestic violence call, one of the officers took the 31-year-old woman into an upstairs bedroom and sexually assaulted her, authorities said.
Detroit police Officer Deon Nunlee has been charged in the Oct. 30 alleged assault. Police said DNA connected Nunlee, who has been on the force since 2008, to the assault.
"I'm troubled," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at a news conference Friday. "Certainly, this is the type of criminal misconduct that should never happen by any member of this department or any department for that matter."
Nunlee, 40, has been charged with three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of assault with intent to penetrate and misconduct in office, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.
Prosecutors said Nunlee and his partner were dispatched early on Oct. 30 to a domestic violence run where the woman said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend.
According to the prosecutor's office, Nunlee took the woman upstairs and his partner stayed with the boyfriend downstairs.
"It is alleged that when Nunlee was in an upstairs bedroom with the woman he sexually assaulted her," according to the prosecutor's office. "When officer left the house the woman reported the crime to two friends and the next day reported it to the police."
According to the prosecutor's office, Nunlee was arraigned Friday in a Detroit courtroom.
Craig called the incident is an "embarrassment." He said the incident is not a reflection of the department.
"The majority of police officers go to work each and every day ... and do their jobs with integrity," he said.
Commander Johnny Thomas of the department's professional standards bureau said Nunlee was placed on administrative duties after the woman reported the assault. On. Feb. 10, after results from the rape kit came back, Nunlee was suspended without pay.
He said Nunlee has been with the department since 2008 and previously had minor misconducts.
Nunlee is the third Detroit officer in recent days to face charges:
- On Wednesday Officer Johnny Ray Bridges, 47, was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, domestic violence and reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with the assault of a 31-year-old woman Monday. He has been suspended without pay, Craig said.
- Officer Dana Bond, 41, is facing misdemeanor charges of high blood alcohol content, failure to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to stop at the scene of an accident with property damage. She is accused of driving while intoxicated and getting into an accident on Sunday. Bond was already suspended without pay at the time of the accident because she is facing retail fraud charges, accused of stealing wine from stores in Detroit.