A Baltimore County police officer is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting two women and for trying to non-consensually kiss and touch another.
Anthony Michael Westerman, 25, was charged with two counts of second-degree rape, and three counts of second-degree assault in three separate incidents which span a couple of years, police said.
The two alleged sexual assaults took place between October 2017 and June 2019, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. Both rapes allegedly occurred after Westerman and his victims had been drinking heavily.
Police say Westerman’s first victim met him at a bar in White Marsh, Maryland, northeast of Baltimore, on Oct. 4 2017. The woman recalled Westerman buying shots for everyone and later became “extremely intoxicated.” Seeking a reprieve from the party, the woman went to her vehicle in the gastropub’s parking lot and passed out. Later, police said, Westerman and a friend of hers knocked on her car window. Westerman allegedly offered to get the two women an Uber home.
“You are going to Uber us back to my house, right?” the woman allegedly asked Westerman, according to the arrest affidavit.
Westerman said “Yes,” and the woman got in the Uber. However, after supposedly passing out during the commute, she woke up Westerman’s house, where she went inside and passed out in the fetal position on a couch while her friend and the Baltimore cop watched a movie.
Authorities say that at some point during the evening, Westerman put on an adult film while he was left alone with the slumbering woman. The next thing she remembered was “being in the middle of the couch” and “on her back,” the affidavit alleged. She had been stripped of her pants and Westerman was allegedly hovering over her, attempting to “insert his penis into her vagina.”
After pleading for him to stop, she attempted to throw Westerman off her, but investigators said the police officer held her down using his body weight and proceeded to rape the unidentified woman.
“[She] told him to ‘stop’ and ‘get off’ but the defendant told her liked it when she pushed at him and when she told him to stop and get off,” the arrest affidavit stated.
Police said he kissed her “face, lips, and neck” while he forcibly penetrated her.
The woman passed out again and later left Westerman’s home with her friend. At the time, she didn’t report the alleged sexual assault to police.
Two years later, Westerman allegedly raped a relative of former roommate who had stayed overnight. On June 8, 2019, he wandered into the woman’s guest room at his home in his boxers, “leaned into her and began kissing her on the mouth,” authorities said.
“The defendant then put his hands inside of [her] underwear and inserted his fingers into her vagina,” police said.
During the assault, the woman told police she didn’t move. She told detectives she wasn’t sure if the police officer used a condom or ejaculated inside of her. Afterwards, Westerman allegedly cleaned his genitals with a tissue and left the room.
Later that month, a supposedly inebriated Westerman allegedly cornered another woman in a “secluded” area of a tiki bar during his roommate’s birthday celebration in Middle River, Maryland. Westerman tried kissing the woman, who pushed him away, and later told him to “fuck off” after he made repeated advances, according to authorities.
The 25-year-old was assigned to the department's Essex Precinct. Officials said he had been employed by the Baltimore County Police Department since 2013.
This case was initiated when Baltimore County Police received information concerning the allegations. The Special Victims Unit conducted their investigation and ultimately pursued charges against Westerman.
“The allegations made in this case are reprehensible and are not representative of the values and ethics of the Baltimore County Police Department,” said Police Chief Melissa Hyatt.
“As a result of a thorough investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau, the officer has been arrested and has been suspended without pay.”
Westerman is being held without bail, according to online court records. His preliminary court appearance is set for Jan. 3, 2020 at 8:30 a.m.
A spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department declined to comment on Tuesday.
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