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Former Philadelphia Police Detective Tried in Sexual Assault Case – NBC10 Philadelphia

The prosecution and defense present jurors with dueling portraits of a former Philadelphia police detective accused of sexually assaulting suspected men and witnesses over his long career.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Collins said in his opening remarks Monday that the case against 55-year-old Philip Nord is linked to “power and corruption.” This was reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Norda, he said, was a detective who “had all the strength to do what he wanted.”

Defense attorney Michael van der Veen, however, called his client a loyal officer who received awards and praise from superiors. He dismissed those who accused Nord of wrongdoing, calling them “criminals, liars and thieves” whose reports were contradictory and had no corroborating evidence.

Last week, prosecutors dropped more than half of the original charges, citing the inability to find one of his accusers. Nordo denied the wrongdoing and last week rejected an offer to plead guilty to four counts, the newspaper reported.

The 2019 Grand Jury accused Philip Nord of rape, sexual assault, intimidation and theft of city funds. The investigation led to a review of his police work and helped overturn several convictions for murder, including charging an athlete with special needs who was killed through headphones.

Authorities say in a grand jury report that Nord used his position to intimidate suspected men and witnesses and engage them in sexual activity. The report said the meetings took place in hotel rooms, interview rooms and police cars, sometimes after Nord showed off his firearms. The theft allegation includes allegations that Nordo filed false claims of $ 20,000 as a reward for the city and other means for the victims.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/sex-assault-trial-of-ex-philadelphia-police-detective-opens/3240936/

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