Trooper charged with rape is released on bond

January 07, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A state police trooper charged with raping a woman in his Eastern Shore home was released early yesterday on $5,000 unsecured bond after a hearing before a Queen Anne's County District Court commissioner, state police said.

Tfc. Rupert Ezekiel Walters, 41, a 17-year veteran assigned to the Annapolis barracks, was charged with second-degree rape, sexual assault and three counts of sexual offense. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 26 in District Court and has been suspended without pay, a state police spokesman said.

According to police, Walters was arrested about 7 p.m. Wednesday at his home on Riverside Drive in Chester on Kent Island, Queen Anne's County.

A 34-year-old acquaintance of the trooper told police that she and Walters had breakfast at his home Wednesday and he asked her for sex, according to state police spokesman Maj. Greg Shipley. The woman told police that when she refused, Walters forced her into a bedroom closet and raped her, Shipley said.

The woman said she ran from the house and was followed by Walters, who drove her to work, where she called police, Shipley said.

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