Convicted officer asks court to reverse firing by Tolliver

March 21, 1997|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County police officer who was convicted of battery and sex offenses sought a court order yesterday to reverse his firing last month by Police Chief Larry W. Tolliver.

Former Sgt. Michael Feeney, 40, has remained free while appealing his misdemeanor convictions in August for battery and two sex offenses in Anne Arundel Circuit Court. He is scheduled to go on trial in Howard County Circuit April 7 on a rape charge involving another woman.

T. Joseph Touhey, Feeney's lawyer, said he filed the request for reinstatement in Anne Arundel Circuit Court to preserve the former officer's right to fight the termination in court if the convictions are reversed.

State law requires that such reinstatement appeals be filed within 30 days of the firing, Touhey said. Feeney was fired Feb. 20.

Feeney was sentenced to 18 months in jail after a jury convicted him of attempted second-degree sex offense, a fourth-degree sex offense and battery against a Rite Aid store manager in a Parole shopping center where he moonlighted as a security guard.

The victim, a 30-year-old woman from Severna Park, testified that Feeney forced her to perform a sex act in 1995 after she had locked up the store for the night.

Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. allowed Feeney, who was on the police force for 17 years and lives in Bowie, to remain free until the appeal of his conviction is decided. No date has been set for a hearing on his appeal of the firing.

Pub Date: 3/21/97

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