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Chief: System didn't flag ex-cop accused of rape

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A news report says an ex-Milwaukee police officer accused of raping a woman in July has been accused of breaking the law five times before.

Citing department records and officials, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Sunday that three of the previous allegations involved sexual misconduct. The newspaper says Ladmarald Cates was suspended twice but was not disciplined in the other cases.

The district attorney's office declined to charge Cates following the July rape complaint. The Journal Sentinel reported last month that federal authorities then opened an investigation.

Police Chief Edward Flynn acknowledges a computerized system to identify potentially troubled officers didn't flag Cates, who was fired in December. But Flynn says new procedures should work in the future.

Cates' attorney did not return the newspaper's telephone calls.

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