Alabama cop charged with rape while facing child sex abuse charges

This an excerpt from: Police officer(s) arrested for raping children

A Birmingham, Ala., police officer has been charged with rape, less than a month after being charged with child sex abuse, police said.

Joshua Herbinger, 29, was charged with first-degree rape of an adult woman Monday.

The nine-year Birmingham police veteran was arrested at the Alabaster, Ala., police headquarters and is being held on a $60,000 bond set at the Shelby County Jail.

Police said more charges are possible.

Earlier this month, Herbinger was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

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Rape in America: Justice Denied

(FBI, Justice Department) Police departments told us rape kits don't get tested due to cost - up to $1,500 a kit -- a decision not to prosecute, and victims who recant or are unwilling to move forward with a case.

Psychologist David Lisak from the University of Massachusetts has spent twenty years studying the minds of rapists.

"Somehow all we can do is take the statement from the victim. Take the statement from the alleged perpetrator and then throw up our hands because they are saying conflicting things," he said. "That's not how we investigate other crimes."

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