County officers to be disciplined after alleged handcuffing incident

2 also charged with making sexually suggestive remarks

September 01, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two officers accused of handcuffing a woman and making sexually suggestive remarks to her will be disciplined by the Baltimore County Police Department, a spokesman said yesterday.

The discipline follows disposition of separate criminal cases for Rodger B. Clise, 36, and Thomas M. Siwek, 43, both assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct. Siwek was given 80 hours of community service and Clise's charges were dismissed, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.

According to charging documents, the two officers walked into a feed store called The Mill of Hereford in the 17000 block of York Road on May 27. When a clerk jokingly pointed out a female customer as the reason an alarm had been set off, Siwek handcuffed her, according to court documents, and sexually suggestive jokes were made a few minutes before the woman was freed.

The woman, Brigid M. Boyce, had not triggered any alarms and had committed no crime, police said.

Charges were brought against Siwek and Clise, who have served on the county force since the mid-1980s.

"Both will receive significant internal discipline," Toohey said. "Their police powers have been suspended since this happened."

The two will remain officers, however, and will have their police powers restored once the disciplinary period is over, Toohey said. He declined to discuss specific actions taken against the two men.

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