A “predator” Maryland cop has been convicted of raping a woman he met at a bar and assaulting another two years later, prosecutors said.
Baltimore County Police Officer Anthony Michael Westerman, 27, was convicted late Friday of two counts of second-degree rape and related offenses in the 2017 attack on the female bar patron, Baltimore County State’s Attorney Charles Shellenberger said Monday.
“Because he was buying her shots and alcohol — and getting her drunk — it really did appear to be [a] planned assault because not only did he get her drunk, but then he took her back to his place, and then he assaulted her when she was unconscious, so clearly a predator that needs to be off the streets,” Shellenberger told WBAL.
Westerman raped the 22-year-old woman in October 2017 after meeting her at the bar, Shellenberger said. The woman did not report the rape until after she learned of other allegations against Westerman, who remains suspended without pay by the department, authorities said.
Police have said detectives started investigating Westerman in 2019 after three women claimed he assaulted them, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Charging documents obtained by the newspaper show that in the 2017 rape case, Westerman was at a bar in White Marsh, where a woman had passed out in her car. The inebriated woman planned to wait until she was sober enough to drive home when Westerman and her friend knocked on her car window, authorities said.
Westerman told the women he would get an Uber driver to take them back to one of their homes, where he allegedly raped one of them, charging documents show.
The 22-year-old victim told her friend about the attack, and the pair immediately left, police said.
Westerman was also convicted of assaulting another 22-year-old woman, who said he grabbed her multiple times and tried to kiss her at a birthday party at a bar in Middle River, charging documents show.
Westerman’s lawyer said he was “very disappointed” by the verdict, claiming there was no evidence of coercion against the suspended officer. The lawyer also claimed that the department was pressured to file charges against Westerman, as it faced scrutiny on how it handled rape investigations.
Westerman is an eight-year department veteran, CBS Baltimore reported. He was off-duty at the time of the rape and assault, according to WBAL.
Westerman’s lawyer said he intends to file a motion to appeal the verdict and request a new trial.
Westerman was ordered to home detention until he’s sentenced Nov. 19. He faces up to 50 years in prison, WBAL reported.
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