Balto. Co. officer admits to sex charge He's fined, placed on administrative duty

February 28, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore County officer who headed a police youth program at Cockeysville Middle School has been placed on administrative duty after pleading guilty to exposing himself to two girls in Pennsylvania, county police said yesterday.

Officer Donald Carroll Warfield, 34, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of open lewdness for fondling himself while standing at a window in his Glen Rock, Pa., home last week.

Two girls, ages 11 and 16, saw him as they waited at a nearby bus stop.

One of the girls reported it to a school counselor. Officer Warfield -- mayor of Glen Rock since 1994 -- was questioned and arrested.

The office manager for Shrewsbury District Justice Vera Mulherin, who identified herself only as "Loretta," said Officer Warfield was fined $500 and ordered to pay $77 in court costs before being released Monday.

Reached at the Cockeysville precinct yesterday, Officer Warfield, 34, declined to comment.

A Pennsylvania newspaper reported yesterday that Officer Warfield resigned from his position as mayor after his plea.

A call to the Glen Rock Borough Council office was not returned yesterday.

Officer Warfield has led the Police Athletic League program since it began in September and also has worked with the police Explorer Scouting youth program, county police spokesman Capt. Brian A. Uppercue said.

After the department was notified about the case Monday by Pennsylvania State Police, Officer Warfield -- who has served on the force since 1988 -- was placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation.

He will not be working with youth programs anymore, Captain Uppercue said.

The PAL program at Cockeysville Middle has done extremely well under the leadership of Officer Warfield, said Captain Uppercue, who also serves as commander of the police youth services.

"We've never had any indication of any problems involving his work with the kids," Captain Uppercue said. "This is very disheartening."

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