Judge turns down D.C. police officer's third request for bail

October 02, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A third Anne Arundel County judge turned down yesterday a bail request for a District of Columbia police sergeant accused of raping and beating his estranged wife in her Edgewater home.

Circuit Judge Martin A. Wolff decided that the 38-year-old man was too much of a danger to the woman to be allowed out on bond before his Dec. 16 trial.

He had sought bail so that he could go to Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital. The Sun's policy is not to identify rape victims, so, because naming the accused could help to identify the woman in this case, his name has been left out.

Two other Anne Arundel judges had previously turned down the sergeant's requests, said Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia Ferris.

The officer is on administrative leave without pay and intends to retire in November from the D.C. police force. He has been charged with two counts each of rape and sex offense and one count of assault in an attack Sept. 3.

Prosecutors argued yesterday that the accused man, who most recently was living in Colorado and was arrested in Washington, had a history of threatening his estranged wife.

In November, they said, police were called to the home where he had taken her hostage. He was admitted to Sheppard Pratt but had been released only a few weeks before police were called to a second incident at the home in January.

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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