A Glen Burnie man who had been accused of rape is expected to argue tonight that because he was a county police officer when the incident occurred, Anne Arundel taxpayers should pay the more than $1 million in damages he owes the victim of the alleged assault.
Michael Dennis Ziegler's attorney, Robert C. Verderaime, contends that the county should pay the damages because his client was on duty and in uniform when the Nov. 15, 1990, incident occurred.
Mr. Ziegler, then a police officer, stopped Erin K. Jones on a Pasadena street for traffic violations, according to testimony during the civil trial. The officer did not arrest her or write a citation. Instead, he drove her to a church parking lot, where, she testified, he raped her in the front seat of his cruiser.