More complaints lodged against police captain

February 29, 1992|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

Three more women have lodged complaints against an Anne Arundel County police captain suspended from duty last week after investigators were told he raped a department employee six years ago.

Four women have filed complaints against Capt. Don F. Ward, former commander of the Northern District. The allegations, ranging from rape to sexual harassment, surfaced last week when internal affairs investigators began looking into a rape complaint filed by the husband of a civilian employee, police officials said.

The man claimed his wife was raped in January 1986 at the county police training academy in Davidsonville. Police sources said the man told investigators his wife had walked into the women's room at the academy when Captain Ward followed her inside and allegedly raped her.

Captain Ward, 47, a 25-year veteran of the department, has not been charged criminally or departmentally.

Officer V. Richard Molloy, a police spokesman, said yesterday that a second woman accused Captain Ward of exposing himself to her at the police academy in 1986.

The woman made the accusation to internal affairs investigators this week, Officer Molloy said.

Captain Ward asked the woman to follow him into a room so he could show her something and he allegedly pulled down his pants, police sources said.

A third woman complained of a minor assault yesterday, Officer Molloy said. That incident also alleged occurred at the academy.

The fourth charge involves sexual harassment. Details of the last two incidents were not available yesterday.

All four incidents allegedly occurred while Captain Ward was commander of the academy. Captain Ward was suspended from duty last Friday, when investigators learned of the rape complaint.

Officer Molloy said once the investigation is complete, a report will be forwarded to the state's attorney's office.

Captain Ward is not the first officer in the department who has been accused of rape. Last year, Officer Michael Ziegler was charged criminally with raping a woman he stopped for drunken driving.

The charges were dropped, and Officer Ziegler was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of misconduct in office. He resigned from the department.

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