Officer charged with assaulting his girlfriend Lieutenant arrested after 911 call to home

October 18, 1997|By Jamie Stiehm | Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police lieutenant was arrested at his home Thursday night on a charge of beating his live-in girlfriend, police said.

Officers responding to a 911 call arrested Lt. Charles Milland, 52, at his residence in the 6100 block of Green Meadow Parkway in Northwest Baltimore, police said. He was charged with assaulting Cathy Layne, 36, who was found with facial injuries.

A Nov. 19 trial date was set yesterday at a bail hearing. Milland was released after posting $5,000 bail, according to his attorney, Edward A. Eshmont.

Milland, a 27-year veteran of the force, is a lieutenant serving at headquarters in the central records division, police said.

His police powers to arrest and carry a gun and badge were suspended pending the outcome of the trial, police spokesman Robert W. Weinhold Jr. said.

Weinhold described the incident as a "verbal confrontation, which allegedly escalated into a physical altercation where, it is alleged by the victim, Lieutenant Milland repeatedly struck her with his fists."

If convicted, Milland could receive a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.

Milland's lawyer said, "He's not on the wrong side of the law. He's simply been accused of a crime." Eshmont insisted Milland was "not guilty of any crime."

Milland and Layne lived together with her son and his niece, according to a statement by Milland at the bail hearing yesterday.

Milland's was arrested as the city Police Department is struggling to deal with the problem of officers accused of domestic assault or use of excessive force.

Last month, Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier suspended 35 officers facing misconduct charges in connection with excessive force on the job or domestic violence.

Last week, 22 of the officers were reinstated to active duty after an internal review found that their cases were not serious enough to warrant the suspension of their police powers.

Pub Date: 10/18/97

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