Baltimore police officer charged with sexual abuse of girl, 15


A city police officer was arrested before he reported to work yesterday afternoon, following his indictment on charges that he committed felony sexual offenses on a 15-year-old girl, prosecutors said.

Gerald Goode, 27, who works in the Southern District, was indicted yesterday on sexual child abuse and third-degree sex offense charges, according to the city state's attorney's office. The Police Department hired him in February last year.

The charges stem from an incident last fall, said state's attorney's spokeswoman Margaret T. Burns. If convicted, Goode could be sentenced to 35 years in prison, she said.

The sexual child abuse charge is an accusation that he exploited a person he was supervising or who was in his care or custody, Burns said.

Goode was arrested after being told to report to the department's sex crimes division, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

Goode, who was placed on desk duty in April, has been suspended with pay. He will have a hearing to determine whether pay will continue, Monroe said.

His arraignment is scheduled Oct. 15.

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