State trooper indicted on sex-offense charges

January 05, 2000|By Nancy A. Youssef | Nancy A. Youssef,SUN STAFF

A state trooper with nearly 20 years experience was indicted yesterday on four sex-offense charges, according to the Baltimore County state's attorney's office.

Sgt. Thomas Lewis was charged with second-degree, attempted second-degree, fourth-degree and attempted fourth-degree sex offenses after the case was presented to the grand jury Monday, said John Cox, a deputy state's attorney for Baltimore County.

Officials would not release the specifics of charges against Lewis, but Cox said they stemmed from an incident in Reisterstown in early November.

Lewis was suspended without pay yesterday, said Lt. Joseph Barker, a state police spokesman. Lewis had been assigned to communications services at state police headquarters in Pikesville, Barker said.

"We take the allegations seriously and hold our troopers to a higher standard of conduct than the general public," Barker said.

An administrative investigation has begun, he said.

Sun staff writer Mike Farabaugh contributed to this article.

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