Ex-officer is sued in sexual abuse case

County also is named in Essex woman's suit

May 22, 2002|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

An Essex woman has filed an $8 million lawsuit against Baltimore County and a former county police officer alleging that he forced her to perform a sex act on two occasions in 1999.

The 45-year-old woman alleges in the suit, filed in county Circuit Court, that Officer William J. Giles came to her home while on duty and in uniform in May and July of 1999, "unbuckled his gun belt and his pants" and ordered her to perform oral sex, according to papers included in the suit.

The Sun does not print the names of accusers in sex abuse cases.

Giles, 39, resigned from the force when he pleaded guilty April 4, 2000, to misconduct and committing a perverted practice against the same woman.

Judge John G. Turnbull II gave him a two-year suspended sentence and two years' supervised probation. He also ordered Giles to pay $945 in court costs.

Giles, who was a five-year veteran assigned to the Dundalk precinct, also agreed to give up any claims to retirement benefits or back pay as a part of a plea agreement in the criminal case.

Assistant State's Attorney Mickey Norman, who handled the criminal case, said Giles had met the woman on previous police calls in her neighborhood.

The suit, filed last week, alleges that the woman was "so shocked and horrified" she was unable to fend off Giles and that she became extremely upset as a result of the incidents May 14 and July 26, 1999. She contacted a counselor whom she was seeing and then filed a complaint with the county police, according to the suit.

The suit seeks $4 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages on separate counts of battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring and civil rights violations.

County lawyers declined to comment on the suit yesterday.

In papers filed in the criminal case, Giles' lawyer, Michael J. Belsky, asked Turnbull to allow Giles to take a $30,500 job with a company that provides security to Navy personnel in Kuwait. Giles wasn't earning enough as a truck driver to support his family, according to Belsky's request.

Turnbull granted Giles permission to take the job Nov. 14, 2000.

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