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District Attorney Krasner Announces Statutory Rape, Sexual Assault Charges Against Former Police Officer

CONTACT:
Jane Roh, 215–686–8711, [email protected]

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 11, 2020) — Following a Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) Internal Affairs investigation, District Attorney Larry Krasner on Friday announced charges against former officer Sean Renaldo Stewart (DOB: 4/10/1973) for the statutory rape of a woman starting when she was 13 years old.

Stewart’s abuse of the victim lasted from 1996, when he was 23 years old, until 1999, when the victim was 16 years old.

Stewart served as a Philadelphia Police Officer from October 1993 through September 2011. Following his arrest by the PPD today, he is facing charges by the District Attorney’s Office for Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse (F1), Statutory Sexual Assault (F2), and Aggravated Indecent Assault (F2).

“My heart is broken for the child whose trust and innocence were shattered by these abusive actions, allegedly taken by a man who held a position of public trust,” District Attorney Krasner said. “I am grateful for this woman’s bravery, and for the Philadelphia Police Internal Affairs Unit for their work on a challenging investigation. Survivors of sexual assault and abuse deserve healing and repair, regardless of how many years have lapsed before such crimes are reported or whether perpetrators are ever arrested, tried, or convicted.”

Survivors of sexual assault and rape may receive information and services by contacting the WOAR Philadelphia 24-hour hotline at 215–985–3333. To report a sexual assault or rape to law enforcement, members of the public may contact Philadelphia Police (215–686–8477; [email protected]) or the DAO Special Investigations Unit (215–686–9608; [email protected]).

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The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives, and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of approximately 40,000 criminal cases annually.