ANKENY, Iowa — The Ankeny Police Department is being sued by a female drug informant who claims officers sent her into a meeting with David Flores and that they failed to protect her from being raped.
The Des Moines Register reports the suit was filed last week in Polk County, and that no criminal charges have been pressed against Flores based on the alleged rape. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone told the Register he could not discuss whether his office has reviewed the claims.
The Register reports that in her lawsuit, the woman claims she met Flores at a drug store. She says they went to a house together where he made unwanted sexual advances and eventually raped her.
The woman, identified in the suit as “Jane Doe,” reportedly claims that she sought help from Ankeny police officers, but that they were too far away to assist her. The suit claims that a rape kit was administered at a local hospital the following day.
The Register reports the lawsuit seeks money for costs related to her injuries and punitive damages that would be paid by the Ankeny Police Department and the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.
Flores was recently tracked down by a bounty hunter in Arizona after an ex-girlfriend accused him of beating her. He is being held in the Polk County Jail.
Flores was out on bond awaiting a retrial for first degree murder at the time of the alleged sexual assault. The case was settled before trial with an Alford plea from Flores, prosecutors agreed he could be released on time served. He had already spent 15 years in prison.
Right now, he is in the Polk County Jail awaiting trial for allegedly beating his ex-girlfriend and holding her against her will.