Cop Raped Woman who Reported Rape by Second Cop – his Friend –Indictment States
Hillview cop John W. Nissen was indicted last week by a grand jury on theft by deception, tampering with a witness and official misconduct, according to WLKY in Lousiville.
Officer Nissen responded to a report from a victim who had been raped by an officer in another Bullitt County department before he raped her again, the victim says.
Prosecutors say instead of helping the rape victim, Nissen took the victim back to the perpetrator's home then to a hotel where he demanded oral sex from the woman.
He also told the victim it was time for her to move to another jurisdiction.
"The complaint was from an alleged rape victim, and they were interviewing her," Shelly Alvey, the commonwealth attorney for Bullitt County, said.
"Nissen agreed to take her home, and the allegation is that when he left the police department, he actually drove her to the home of the alleged perpetrator."
After that, Alvey says Nissen drove the victim to a hotel, where they had sex.
Hillview police learned discovered the allegations against Nissen while investigating the rape allegations against the other Bullitt County officer. They have no released anymore details on that alleged rape.
The theft by deception charge against Nissen, a class D felony under Kentucky law, was filed because he was on duty at the time of the alleged rape.
Each crime Nissen is charged with is only punishable by five years in prison or up to $10,000.
Alvey said evidence indicated the victim was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the rape.
Nissen, who worked for Hillview police for 20 years, made the pages of People magazine in July 2015 for consoling a female driver who called 911 for help after her passed away.
"Out of safety, I asked if I could talk with her and see if I could get her cooled down a bit," Nissen told People.
"I turned the air vents toward her -- it was over 90 degrees that day -- held her hand, and she cried on my shoulder. I had her take sips of water."
Hillview Police Department posted about the incident on their Facebook page:
HPD would like to thank Shonda Barlow Garner for taking the time to recognize one of our Officers. Mrs. Barlow sent the following message and photograph to us this morning on our Facebook page.
Sometimes the very people you least expect to care are the ones who will.Yesterday, my sister Barbie Henderson was on her way back home to Clarksville, Tennessee from Louisville after visiting with family. As she was driving, she received that call we all dread, a loved one crying. You automatically know something awful has happened.With tears in her eyes and holding the phone, she managed to turn the car around and head back to Louisville. She actually hadn't driven very far and was at the Brooks exit. She couldn't' think and was overwhelmed with emotion causing her to be unable to drive her car safely. My sister called 911, a Hillview police officer responded and that is where the blessing began.Officer Nissen was more than an officer yesterday.
He was a person with a heart to understand this was a lady who just lost her sister and heard the news over the phone. From there on he took care of my sister. As she cried, he listen to her and wiped away her tears. He made sure she drank water as it was extremely hot outside, and he spoke to the family on the phone each time we called until my arrival. When I arrived he wasn't standing on the side of the car. He was seated right next to her just as we would've been while she was grieving. What an awesome guy!!!!During a time we hear so many negative things about the Police, I want the world to know my Police Officers care!!! They are thoughtful, compassionate, go beyond the standard and I appreciate them. The Barlow Family appreciates them!!I'm a proud Hillview Resident!"
Meanwhile, Alvey says she's concerned about several cases Nissen worked on in the past as a lead investigator.
"They are very serious cases, and they have very real victims," she said.
"It is very unfortunate that this case has to be indicted because that directly impacts those cases."
To avoid conflict of interest, Hillview police asked Kentucky State Police to handle both investigations.