Police officer is accused of assaulting two women Sex offenses, battery are among charges

March 29, 1996|By TaNoah V. Sterling | TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County police sergeant was arrested yesterday on charges that he sexually assaulted two women, county police said. This is the second time in two days a county officer has been arrested and charged with a crime.

Michael Dennis Feeney, 44, of the 2600 block of Kresson Place in Bowie was charged with second- and fourth-degree sex offenses, two counts of battery, unnatural and perverted sex practice and false imprisonment.

He was taken into custody at about 7 a.m. yesterday as he arrived for work at the Western District station. He was released on his own recognizance. Administrative charges are pending against the 17-year veteran, who was suspended without pay, a police spokesman said.

Police said a 37-year-old Glen Burnie woman filed a complaint against the sergeant last week.

The woman told police that he offered to give her a ride home at 1: 20 a.m. March 23 after she had an argument with her boyfriend at the 7-Eleven at Point Pleasant and Furnace Branch roads in Glen Burnie.

Sergeant Feeney was off duty and had his police shirt covered by a jacket at the time, police said.

The charging documents said the sergeant showed the woman his badge, and she accepted a ride in his brown Cadillac. A clerk at the store copied the car's license tag number, which was later traced to the officer, police said.

Court records said the sergeant drove the woman to a residential street near Continental Drive and parked. He reached under her skirt, but the woman pushed his hand away and reminded him he was an officer, the records say.

The sergeant apologized, put his hand behind her head and attempted to kiss her, and the woman again pushed him away and asked him to take her home or she would get out and walk, the records say. He complied, according to the charging documents.

The woman called police and gave them the car's license tag number. She later identified the sergeant from a photo lineup, the charging documents said.

While police were investigating the first complaint, they learned of another alleged assault involving a 30-year-old Severna Park woman, police said. This woman told police Sergeant Feeney was off duty working as a security guard at Rite-Aid in Parole Plaza late last year when he assaulted her.

According to charging documents, the sergeant was in uniform helping an employee close the store about 7 p.m. After they locked up and the employee put the money in the safe, the sergeant partially undressed, approached the woman from behind and grabbed and fondled her, police said. He then forced the woman to perform a sex act, police said.

Officer David Heline was arrested Wednesday on charges he stole baseball cards from a Glen Burnie Wal-Mart while on duty and in uniform. He was charged with theft, released on his own recognizance, suspended with payand placed on administrative duties until his trial. Administrative charges against him are pending.

Pub Date: 3/29/96

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