Police officer charged with indecent exposure

January 05, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

An Anne Arundel County police officer was suspended with pay yesterday after being charged with exposing himself in a Pasadena bar and rubbing up against a woman, authorities said.

Officer Paul David Grossman, 28, of the 8000 bock of Corkberry Lane in Pasadena has been reassigned to administrative duties until his trial and until the department completes its own investigation, police said.

He has been charged with indecent exposure and a fourth-degree sex offense, both misdemeanors.

"The law says we have to continue paying him unless he is charged with a felony," said Sgt. Robert Johnson, a department spokesman. Reassigning him "is something we can do instead of having him sit home."

Police summoned Officer Grossman to headquarters at 10 a.m. yesterday to tell him he had been suspended, Sergeant Johnson said.

According to District Court charging documents, Officer Grossman was off duty when he exposed himself to a dancer at McDoogal's Dec. 15. The bar is in the 8000 block of Fort Smallwood Road.

The woman did not report the incident until Dec. 29, when detectives checked on her allegations. Sergeant Johnson said he did not know why the woman, who is 21, waited to report the incident to police or how she knew Officer Grossman was on the force.

Officer Grossman, who has been on the force for four years and has been a patrolman in the Eastern District, could face a year in prison on the fourth-degree sex offense charge and three years on the indecent exposure charge. Each offense carries a maximum fine of $1,000.

His police powers have been suspended, police said.

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