City officers charged in separate domestic assault incidents

April 07, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Two Baltimore police officers were arrested during the weekend and charged in unrelated incidents with domestic assault.

Officer Ralph P. Oakes, 34, a 10-year member of the force assigned to the child abuse section of the Criminal Investigation Division, was arrested Friday night and charged with assaulting his wife that evening, said Agent Donny Moses, a department spokesman.

Oakes' wife was taken to Harbor Hospital, but refused treatment and was released Saturday morning, Moses said.

The officer, a South Baltimore resident, was released from Central Booking and Intake Center on $15,000 bail, and was suspended with pay pending a departmental hearing, Moses said.

Officer Michael B. Nelson Jr., who entered the department nine months ago and was in training at the Western District, was arrested Saturday night at an East Baltimore residence and charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Because Nelson was on probationary status, he is not entitled to a hearing and faces possible dismissal, Moses said. Bail information was not available last night.

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