A Baltimore County police officer convicted of raping one girl and assaulting one different was sentenced to dwelling detention after a determine found that there was no “psychological hurt” in one among many circumstances, prosecutors acknowledged Monday.
Baltimore County Circuit Courtroom Resolve Keith Truffer suspended all nonetheless 4 years of a 15-year jail time interval and ordered the officer, Anthony Westerman, to serve it at dwelling, NBC affiliate WBAL reported.
In an announcement to NBC Data, Baltimore County State’s Authorized skilled Scott Shellenberger acknowledged the sentence was “not acceptable” for a police officer who “should know as correctly or increased than others the reprehensibility of such an act.”
“I fear this may set off rape victims to hesitate to report their crimes if they do not actually really feel like they might get justice,” he acknowledged.
Westerman, who had pleaded not accountable to costs of second-degree rape, second-degree assault and completely different crimes, was convicted in August, court docket docket data current.
He was arrested in 2019 after two women accused him of rape. In a single case from 2017, a girl acknowledged that after she drank an extreme quantity of, Westerman supplied to rearrange an Uber dwelling. She suggested authorities that she handed out and awoke to him raping her at his dwelling.
He was acquitted of costs throughout the second rape, the Baltimore Photo voltaic reported, and convicted of forcibly kissing a third girl.
Prosecutors had requested that Westerman serve 5 to 10 years in jail, nonetheless he obtained a lighter sentence after the determine eradicated one rely of second-degree rape and positioned that the sufferer had not suffered psychological hurt from the crime, Shellenberger acknowledged.
In an announcement to WBAL, prosecutors challenged this discovering, arguing that the determine himself had described what occurred to the woman as “would be the most traumatic second of her life” and mentioning that she had been to treatment.
In an piece of email to NBC Data, a lawyer for Westerman, Brian Thompson, acknowledged his client was “relieved” that the determine had ordered him to dwelling confinement.
“We think about that the choice was in opposition to the load of the proof,” he acknowledged. “This was a ‘he acknowledged, she acknowledged’ case whereby everyone was intoxicated.”
Thompson added that he consider to attraction the conviction.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether or not or not Westerman, who joined the Baltimore County Police division in 2013, stays to be a police officer. He was suspended with out pay after being charged, nonetheless WBAL — citing the division — reported Monday that he’d been fired.
Thompson acknowledged he was nonetheless solely suspended. A police spokeswoman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.