The commander of Anne Arundel County's Northern Police District was suspended from duty yesterday as the result of an internal investigation of a sexual assault that he is alleged to have committed four or five years ago.
Capt. Don F. Ward, the 47-year-old district commander, was not charged criminally but faces trial at a department hearing that will determine his future as a police officer.
Police officials said a civilian employee of the department was allegedly raped in 1987 or 1988 on the grounds of the county police academy in Davidsonville, where Captain Ward was then the commander. The date of the alleged incident was not certain last night, police said.