Officer accused of exposure asks for hearing delay

POLICE BEAT

April 16, 1995|By Sun staff writers Gregory P. Kane and Dennis O'Brien contributed to this report.

An Anne Arundel County police officer charged with exposing himself to a dancer in a Pasadena bar is seeking a court order to postpone his disciplinary hearing until the criminal case is tried.

Officer Paul D. Grossman, 28, said in Anne Arundel Circuit Court papers that it would violate his constitutional rights for the police department to conduct its administrative hearing, scheduled for May 8, before his District Court trial is completed.

He is scheduled to be tried in Glen Burnie District Court on fourth-degree sex offense and indecent exposure charges Aug. 14, according to the request.

The officer has been charged in department administrative proceedings with conduct unbecoming an officer and failure to be courteous.

He has been placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the criminal and administrative charges, according to a department spokesman.

Jeff Horowitz, Officer Grossman's lawyer, said in court papers filed late Thursday that he wanted to ensure his client was protected against self-incrimination.

"If Officer Grossman testifies, his statements may be utilized against him in a subsequent criminal proceeding," Mr. Horowitz wrote in the request for the court order.

No hearing date has been set on the request.

Officer Grossman, a four-year veteran assigned to the Eastern District, was charged Dec. 29 after a 21-year-old dancer at McDoogals alleged that he exposed himself to her and sexually touched her at the bar in the 8000 block of Fort Smallwood Road Dec. 15.

In a statement taken by Cpl. Stephen A. Swann of the department's internal affairs unit, Officer Grossman admitted being one of about 20 officers at a "shift party" at the bar at 11 a.m. on that date, but denied exposing himself and sexually touching the woman.

He said he had been in the bar fewer than five times before the alleged incident and that he only knew the dancer because she had danced at his bachelor party two weeks earlier.

Driver is charged in high-speed chase

A Glen Burnie man was arrested Friday morning after a 15-mile high-speed chase that started in Pasadena and ended when a car crashed into a parked vehicle in Glen Burnie, state police said.

Trooper Daniel McLain was on routine patrol about 1:45 a.m. when he saw a man driving a 1987 Ford Mustang with only one tag on Fort Smallwood Road near Hog Neck Road. When Trooper McLain turned on his emergency lights, the driver sped off, state police said.

The driver turned south on Hog Neck Road, then west on Route 100, police said. The chase reached a speed of 110 mph with Trooper McLain and two other state police troopers in pursuit, state police said.

The driver got on Oak Manor Drive, turned right onto Crain Highway and headed north before crashing into a car at Main Avenue. The driver ran but was captured by Trooper McLain, state police said.

William Tierney, 21, of the 700 block of Cedar Ave. was charged with reckless driving, driving without a license and 15 other traffic violations. He was released Friday morning after posting $5,000 bail, state police said.

Three men charged in prostitution sting

Three men were arrested on solicitation charges Thursday afternoon during a prostitution sting operation in Laurel, county police said.

An undercover female officer stood at the corner of Fort Meade and Whiskey Bottom roads about 5:30 p.m. posing as a prostitute. Three men approached her and offered her money for sexual acts, police said.

Larry Nelson Burnopp, 37, of the 10000 block of Washington Blvd. in Laurel, Marc Ray Langford, 25, of the 7000 block of Independence St. in Capitol Heights, and Leroy Bryant Jr., 41, of the 13000 block of Greencastle Road in Burtonsville, were arrested and charged, police said.

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