Accuser's directions match GPS tracking of former cop accused of raping arrestee

2014-05-27T10:42:00Z Accuser's directions match GPS tracking of former cop accused of raping arresteePatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

The trial of a former Tucson Police officer accused of raping an arrestee continues today in Pima County Superior Court.

The internal affairs detective who investigated Benjamin Gaballa testified Friday that the woman who accused the former officer of rape in 2013 was able to guide investigators directly to the location where the alleged assault occurred. Her directions corresponded with GPS information taken from Gaballa’s squad car.

A police crime lab analyst testified that palm and fingerprints of the woman, whose identity the Arizona Daily Star has protected, were found on the rear passenger side of Gaballa’s squad car as well as on the side of the prisoner screen that separates arrestees from officers.

The detective testified that when he inspected Gaballa’s car, it was covered with dirt and dust except for portions of the rear passenger side quarter panel, which appear to have been wiped clean.

Read more about the trial here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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