A county police officer has been suspended after a 23-year-old Crofton woman charged that he raped her early yesterday during a traffic stop in Pasadena.
Police officials would not release the name of the officer, a veteran of over 15 years with the department who works the midnight shift out of the Eastern District station on Mountain Road.
Police said the woman called the department at 3 a.m. Thursday and filed a complaint against the officer. He was in uniform and driving a marked patrol car at the time the incident, which the police are calling a sexual assault, allegedly occurred.
Sources close to the investigation said the officer stopped a car on Mountain Road for suspected drunken driving. The sources said the woman allegedly was raped in the patrol car.
"We are taking this seriously, like any other case," said Maj. William Donoho, commander of the Criminal Investigations Division. "That's exactly how we are treating it."
The officer has been suspended pending an Internal Affairs and criminal investigation, said police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy.
After phoning police, the woman was taken to North Arundel Hospital.
Hospital spokesman Kevin Murnane said the woman arrived at 4:12 a.m. and was released by 6 a.m.
Murnane said doctors found evidence of a sexual assault. He said no tests were administered to determine if the woman had been drinking.
Murane said the woman had no other injuries.
The case is the second in recent months involving alleged sexual misconduct by a county police officer. Last month, an officer retired after allegedly exposing himself to a woman at the Transit Truck Stop in September.