Md. officials suspend worker charged in rape of woman whose probation he oversaw She alleges attack occurred two years ago

March 01, 1996|By Kate Shatzkin | Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF

State officials last night suspended without pay a pretrial services agent charged with raping a Baltimore woman two years ago whose probation he once supervised.

Michael Tyrone Brown, 40, of the 1000 block of Timber Creek Road, Annapolis, was released last night from jail after posting $20,000 bail. He is charged with second-degree rape and battery. He turned himself in to Baltimore police Wednesday.

Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services spokesman, said it was department policy to suspend and seek to fire any employee charged with a felony.

He said he could not comment on whether Mr. Brown, a 16-year employee, ever had been investigated in misconduct on the job or had been the subject of complaints from clients. "I cannot comment on personnel issues," he said.

In charging documents filed Feb. 17, the 30-year-old woman alleges that Mr. Brown visited her home June 17, 1994, four months after she was charged with violating her probation on a robbery charge.

The day he visited, the woman charged, Mr. Brown pulled out papers to quash a bench warrant that had been issued because she did not show up in court.

The woman wrote that she tried to explain to Mr. Brown that the violation charge was a misunderstanding -- that she had finished 100 hours of community service, as ordered. Mr. Brown acted as if he would not fill out the forms to quash the warrant. Then he said: "I want something," according to the documents.

He walked into her bedroom, told her "the pen is mightier than the sword" and that she had no choice, and raped her, she wrote.

The Sun does not name victims of alleged sexual abuse. Court records show the woman pleaded guilty to robbery in April 1992, receiving a suspended sentence and five years' probation.

The bench warrant against the woman was dropped, records show. The month after the alleged rape, the violation of probation charge was also dismissed.

The woman wrote that after the rape, she called her best friend to tell her what happened. She wrote that she waited so long to tell police because she was afraid of what Mr. Brown might do.

Mr. Brown has worked for the state since 1980, when he became a correctional officer at the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup. He became a probation agent in 1985 in Baltimore.

He transferred Aug. 30, 1995, to the Division of Pretrial Detention and Services as a case manager responsible for supervising defendants so they show up for court.

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