Former Philadelphia police commander accused of indecent assault to head to trial

Kristen Johanson
March 12, 2020 - 7:43 pm
Chief Inspector Carl Holmes

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A former Philadelphia police commander will head to trial on attempted sex assault and indecent assault charges. He is accused of forcing himself on at least two women. 

At his preliminary hearing, the first accuser said she was working overnight when then-Inspector Carl Holmes called her to his office and forced his hands down her pants. She said she went into shock and froze, but eventually got out of the room.

But the defense tried to poke holes in her story, asking for the specific date or month, which she couldn’t recall, and questioning why she didn’t officially report it until seven years later. 

The second woman took the stand and said when she went to a party with Holmes, he followed her outside and forcefully pulled her in his car. She said she felt like she had to go because he was her boss and she had just gotten a promotion.

Inside the Philadelphia police car, she said he forced his hands down her pants also, and forced her to grope him as she told him she wanted to just get home.

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The defense also tried to poke holes in her story, and through a line of questioning, tried to infer whether the act was consensual.

The judge disagreed and held Holmes on all charges. 

A third woman who was supposed to testify, but she lives outside the city and was rescheduled to take the stand in April for her preliminary hearing as she has other health issues and was advised not to travel by her doctors due to the novel coronavirus.

He’ll be arraigned later this month.