TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — Baltimore County police officer Anthony Westerman was sentenced Friday to deal with arrest for the 2017 rape of a 22-year-old lady, authorities stated.
Westerman, 27, was convicted in August of two counts of second-degree rape, one rely of a third-degree sexual offense, one rely of fourth-degree sexual offense and one rely of second-degree assault, in accordance with a search of on-line court docket information.
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At Friday’s sentencing listening to, Baltimore County Circuit Decide Keith Truffer mixed the sentences for all 5 counts, saying he had solely meant to convict Westerman on one rely of second-degree rape. He sentenced Westerman to fifteen years behind bars however suspended all however 4 years of residence detention.
The decide additionally sentenced Westerman to a day in jail for the second-degree assault of a second sufferer for what he characterised as a “boorish” act, in accordance with the Baltimore County State’s Lawyer’s Workplace. He was additionally ordered to serve probation following the completion of his sentence.
Earlier than handing down Westerman’s sentence, Decide Truffer stated there was no proof of psychological damage to the rape sufferer, regardless of the sufferer’s indication that she had sought remedy for the reason that assault and the decide’s earlier statements that the incident “often is the most traumatic second” of her life.
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The decide decided that Westerman ought to be launched on residence detention pending the enchantment of his convictions.
Talking with WJZ-TV on Monday, Baltimore County State’s Lawyer Scott Shellenberger stated his workplace was anticipating a stricter sentence. “By the Decide taking away one of many counts and never discovering that there was a psychological damage, it lowered the rules,” he wrote in an electronic mail. “Nonetheless the rule sentence ought to have been an imposed sentence of 5 to 10 years imprisonment.”
The county’s prime prosecutor stated he didn’t assume residence detention was an acceptable sentence and expressed concern over the message it sends to different sexual assault survivors. “I worry this might trigger rape victims to hesitate to report their crimes if they don’t really feel like they may get justice,” he stated.
Westerman was suspended with out pay from the Baltimore County Police Division after the police division realized of his costs in December 2019. The standing of his employment wasn’t instantly clear Monday.
In response to court docket information reviewed by WJZ, Westerman and a 22-year-old lady had been ingesting at a bar in October 2017 when the officer known as a rideshare to take them again to his residence. The intoxicated sufferer stated she handed out. When she awoke, she stated, Westerman was forcing himself on her.
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In a separate incident practically two years later, Westerman led a girl to a secluded a part of a Baltimore County bar, positioned his hand on her waist and began kissing her with out permission, WJZ reported.