Jury Clears Officer Of Raping Estranged Wife

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A jury has cleared a police officer of raping his estranged wife.

Scott N. Floyd was acquitted Wednesday of three felony counts of rape. The eight-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department also was cleared of a firearms charge for shooting a couch in the woman's apartment in Massillon, about 60 miles south of Cleveland.

The two have two children and continued to see each other socially, although they have lived apart the last three years.

During a three-day trial in Stark County Common Pleas Court, Floyd's wife accused him of sexually assaulting her three times and shooting her couch when he was intoxicated.

Floyd, 33, denied the allegations, maintaining that the sex was consensual, and the gun fired accidentally while he tried to show it to his wife.

"It's like the weight of the world off his shoulders," said James Wagner, defense attorney.

Floyd has been on administrative leave since his March 16 arrest. Whether he gets his job back is up to the department, Wagner said.

The verdicts left the woman's family fearful for her safety.

The woman's mother, Shirley Simpson, said abuse allegations from the couples' past weren't allowed in as evidence. She is frustrated by what she sees as a police officer manipulating the legal system.

Assistant Stark County Prosecutor Jennifer Dave said Floyd's actions show he should not be allowed to continue as a police officer.

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