We want your opinions

February 25, 2007

ISSUE:

A rookie Anne Arundel County police officer accused of photographing himself fondling a teenage girl during a traffic stop is being allowed to return to administrative duty.

Officer Joseph F. Mosmiller, 22, who joined the department in May, has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and two other misdemeanors. He turned himself in Monday night and was released on his own recognizance Tuesday.

Three other officers were implicated in the Jan. 20 incident in a church parking lot on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena. All three are members of Mosmiller's recruiting class who work with him on the midnight shift in the Eastern District. They have not been charged, and a police spokesman has declined to say how they are involved in the case.

Like Mosmiller, they have also been put on desk assignments, which means they will have no interaction with the public.

YOUR VIEW:

Should Mosmiller be allowed to continue working in the Police Department pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published next Sunday.

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