Police veteran suspended Arundel commander accused of rape

February 22, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

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.

Department officials said the estranged husband of the victim made the rape complaint to the county police within the last few days. The woman had called county police to her home two weeks ago to complain of a minor assault stemming from an argument with her husband, the sources said. The woman was questioned yesterday by internal affairs investigators, and hours later Chief Robert Russell issued the order to suspend Captain Ward, a 25-year veteran of the Anne Arundel force. He will continue to receive his pay pending the outcome of the case.

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