Former Philadelphia Cop Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges
A former Philadelphia Police Department detective was arrested on Tuesday, February 19 on allegations that he sexually assaulted several male witnesses and suspects throughout his career.
On Tuesday afternoon, 52-year-old Philip Nordo was arraigned on a grand jury presentment of over 35 counts. A large portion of this report has been redacted to protect the identities of the alleged victims, but unsealed pages reveal several allegations of rape, sexual misconduct, intimidation, and stealing of city funds.
Nordo was fired in 2017 after being accused of depositing funds in a witness’ commissary account and associating with people involved in criminal investigations.
The authorities believe Nordo used his position as a police officer to groom victims and coerce them into sexual acts.
According to the report, in 2005 he allegedly pressured one victim to masturbate in an interrogation room and kissed him. This victim reported the incident to jail employees, but it is unclear if there was any response. That victim has since passed away.
The report also alleged that Nordo requested that homosexual inmates being released be referred to him and that he often volunteered to transport suspects and witnesses for other detectives. During this transport time, he would allegedly attempt to groom them with sexual questions. Nordo is also accused of displaying his gun during these grooming sessions and telling victims that no one would believe them if they came forward.
The potential theft charges stem from allegations that Nordo filed false claims for reward money and other incentives with a total value of $20,000.
Legal Recourse for Survivors of Sexual Assault by Law Enforcement Officers
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com represents survivors of sexual violence in civil lawsuits, helping them seek and find justice. Here are a few of his thoughts on the legal options available to survivors of sexual assault involving police and other law enforcement officers:
Many crimes of sexual violence are committed by people in power. These sexual predators think that their positions of authority will protect them from facing consequences for their heinous crimes. But no one is above the law. When a police officer or another law enforcement official commits sexual assault, they are subject to the same criminal penalties as the rest of us. If the assault occurred while on the job, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the department.
If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted by a police officer, it’s important to be aware of your legal options. Police departments are powerful and filing a lawsuit against the police is a complicated process, so we highly advise discussing your case with an experienced sexual assault survivors attorney.
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