Officer faces second set of extortion charges

August 23, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel County police officer was indicted a second time yesterday by a county grand jury on charges that he tried to extort money by threatening to charge a man with a sex offense.

Officer Gregory Overstreet, 31, of Harwood was indicted on extortion, bribery and misconduct in office charges stemming from a July 19 incident in Queenstown Park. The indictment does not say whether the man paid Officer Overstreet any money.

State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said the Police Department's internal affairs section is "continuing its investigation" into Officer Overstreet's activities.

The officer, assigned to the Western District, was known as "Robocop" for his aggressive crime-fighting tactics. He is facing an identical set of charges in connection with a July 20 incident at the park. In that case, Officer Overstreet is charged with falsely accusing a man of a sexual offense and threatening to arrest him unless he paid the officer $500.

Mr. Weathersbee said both incidents occurred in the same general section of Queenstown Park. The second investigation was prompted by "information that was in the officer's possession" when he was arrested in the first case, the prosecutor said. He would not describe the information.

In the earlier case, an acquaintance of the alleged victim contacted police. The indictment charges that Officer Overstreet went into the park to pick up the cash at a prearranged spot.

Officer Overstreet, who has been suspended without pay, remains free on his own recognizance. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

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