Officer convicted of lesser sex charge

June 03, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A city police officer accused of abducting and sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman last year was acquitted yesterday of the most serious charges against him but convicted of one count of perverted practice.

Officer Keith A. Jennings, 38, was charged with a first-degree sex offense, kidnapping, false imprisonment and misconduct in office. The conviction on perverted practice carries a possible prison term of 10 years. Jennings is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Paul E. Alpert this month.

The charges against Jennings came after a Jan. 15, 2004, incident in which a woman said an officer handcuffed her on a street in South Baltimore, forced her into a house and sexually assaulted her. Police said the woman recalled the license tag of Jennings' car and picked him out of a photo lineup. DNA tests linked him to evidence recovered from the woman and her clothing, police said.

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