Woman consented to sex, police officer testifies 18-year veteran faces 2nd-degree assault charge

July 31, 1996|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

The county police officer accused of sexually assaulting a manager at the drugstore where he was moonlighting as a security guard last December testified yesterday that the two got caught up in a spur of the moment affair.

Michael Dennis Feeney, an 18-year veteran of the force who is charged with a second-degree sex offense, told an Anne Arundel Circuit jury that the woman consented to performing a sex act.

"I embraced her and she embraced me," said Feeney in a detailed description of a 30-minute encounter.

Feeney, 40, of Bowie testified that he and the manager of the Rite Aid in Annapolis, which since has closed, were alone in the store after she locked up about 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 1995. He said she asked him to "keep her company" after he told her about a suspicious man who had been outside the store the night before.

Feeney told the jury he followed the 30-year-old Severna Park woman to the office to make a phone call, and that when he put his hand on her shoulder to reach for the telephone, she said, "a little more to the left."

The officer said he massaged the woman for about a minute before they embraced. The woman testified Monday that the alleged assault began with a massage.

Feeney's testimony was followed by co-workers, former supervisors, former employees, a neighbor and an assistant state's attorney who described him as an "impeccable" honest, hard-working police officer.

But two character witnesses called by defense attorney Gill Cochran and two called by Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Rogers told the jury his reputation in his personal life was different from his reputation on the job.

"I would say that he was probably dishonest," said Lt. Jim Richey, an academy classmate.

And Lt. Dennis Bailey, a Western District commander, told the jury his longtime friend "probably hasn't been truthful with his wife concerning issues of fidelity."

The case, being tried before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., is expected to go to the jury today.

Pub Date: 7/31/96

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