A 25-year-old Baltimore County police officer was charged with several counts of rape and assault Saturday, according to the police department.
Officer Anthony Michael Westerman was charged with two counts of second-degree rape and three counts of second-degree assault. Westerman has since been arrested and suspended without pay from the department. His bond was denied, and he is being held in Baltimore County.
The first alleged incidents of rape and assault began in October 2017, and the most recent charges are dated June 6 of this year.
Westerman’s most recent assignment was to the Essex precinct, according to a statement from the department, and he had been with the department since 2013.
In a statement, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said the “the allegations made in this case are reprehensible and are not representative of the values and ethics of the Baltimore County Police Department.”
The Baltimore County Special Victims Unit investigated the allegations against Westerman and ultimately brought charges.
Court documents show Westerman was arrested on Saturday. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 3 in Towson.
The police department did not immediately respond to questions from Baltimore Fishbowl.
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