An ex-Maryland police officer convicted of raping a girl and assaulting every other was once sentenced to jail time — however will keep on house detention pending an attraction.
Anthony Michael Westerman, a former Baltimore County cop, was once convicted in August of second-degree rape for attacking a 22-year-old girl at his house whilst off-duty.
Westerman, 27, plied his sufferer with alcohol at a White Marsh bar in October 2017.
Baltimore County State’s Legal professional Charles Shellenberger stated the “predator” cop was once additionally convicted of assaulting every other girl in 2019, grabbing her more than one occasions and looking to kiss her at a bar in Center River.
Baltimore County Circuit Courtroom Pass judgement on Keith Truffler sentenced Westerman Friday to fifteen years in jail — despite the fact that he suspended all however 4 years. Westerman will stay on house detention pending his attraction of the sentence, which was once stayed, the Baltimore Solar reported.
“I don’t imagine that on this explicit case that house detention is an acceptable sentence,” Shellenberger stated in a observation to The Submit. “A police officer will have to know as neatly or higher than others the reprehensibility of such an act. I worry this might reason rape sufferers to hesitate to record their crimes if they don’t really feel like they are going to get justice.”
It’s unclear why Truffler suspended the majority of the sentence.
Prosecutors stated Truffler discovered there was once “now not proof of any mental damage” to the rape sufferer regardless of her pronouncing she won remedy. The pass judgement on stated in August that what took place to her can have been the “maximum disturbing second” of her lifestyles, the Solar reported.
The second one girl got here ahead in 2019 after Westerman was once accused within the earlier rape. Detectives began investigating him after being notified of no less than 3 girls who have been allegedly assaulted. He was once acquitted in connection to the 3rd incident, the newspaper reported.
The instances have been attempted in combination with out a jury and Westerman’s lawyer, Brian Thompson, stated prosecutors didn’t put proof into the file concerning the rape sufferer’s trauma. The decision was once “obviously towards the load of proof,” Thompson stated.
Prosecutors stated Westerman, who has been on area arrest following his conviction, were suspended from the dep. with out pay since he was once charged. He were terminated as of Monday, WBAL reported.
Thompson informed the station in a observation that the pass judgement on “did the best factor” via now not sending him to jail.
“This was once a ‘he stated, she stated’ case wherein everybody was once intoxicated,” Thompson stated. “We intend to attraction this conviction and we can now not relaxation till Officer Westerman’s title is cleared.”
Thompson stated sentencing tips referred to as for Westerman to obtain between 5 and 10 years. The 15-year sentence with all however 4 years suspended was once in that vary, he stated.
However Shellenberger informed the Solar Westerman is not going to serve jail time since his house detention will depend towards time served and the attraction procedure is predicted to be long.