A man who formerly worked as a Maryland police officer is now facing multiple charges related to allegations that he raped a woman at a police station and in the process exposed her to HIV.
Martique Vanderpool was an officer with the Fairmount Heights Police Department when the alleged assault occurred last fall, the Prince George's County Police Department said in a release issued earlier this week. Vanderpool, who was working alongside another officer at the time, is alleged to have performed a traffic stop in Capitol Heights on September 6, 2019, pulling over a woman who was driving alone and after asking her to get out of her car, placing her in handcuffs, police said.
Vanderpool is then alleged to have called a tow truck to take away the victim’s car while he transported her to the Fairmount Heights Police Department, the release states. Upon their arrival, he allegedly issued an ultimatum, telling the unnamed woman that she could engage in a sexual act with him or be taken into custody, according to police. The victim did as he commanded, and after the deed was done, police say that Vanderpool then allegedly wrote her numerous citations before taking her to the lot where her impounded car was being kept and having the vehicle given back to her.
Vanderpool – who was hired in December 2017 – began working part-time in July and he tendered his resignation in November, two months after the alleged assault took place, according to WUSA. At the request of the Fairmount Heights Police Chief, the Prince George's County Police Department Special Investigations Response Team launched a two-month long investigation into Vanderpool, the outlet reports.
It was during the course of that investigation that authorities learned that Vanderpool is HIV positive, according to police.
Vanderpool was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in Prince George’s County on numerous charges, police said. He is facing 11 counts total, including first and second degree rape, engaging in a sex act with a person in custody, and attempting to transmit HIV, Prince George's County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said during a press conference Wednesday.
Police said on Wednesday that they are concerned that Vanderpool may have victimized others. They have asked that anyone who was sexually assaulted by Vanderpool, or who has engaged in a sexual encounter with him without him disclosing his status, to contact detectives at 301-856-2660.
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