New allegations leveled against Arundel officer

March 02, 2007|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter

A rookie Anne Arundel County police officer charged with photographing himself fondling a teenage girl during a traffic stop demanded that another young driver he pulled over a month earlier also expose herself to avoid a ticket, the lawyer for the two women said yesterday.

The second woman refused to lift her shirt that December evening, but offered Officer Joseph F. Mosmiller, 22, her cell phone number - and he followed up by calling and text messaging her, attorney John T. Hamilton Jr. said.

Sources close to the investigation confirmed that police are looking into these allegations, which surfaced after media coverage of Mosmiller's arrest Feb. 19 over the incident in January.

But Lt. David D. Waltemeyer Jr., a county police spokesman, declined to comment on what he said are criminal and internal affairs investigations or whether other women have accused the officer of sexual misconduct.

He declined to confirm Hamilton's statement that investigators found the phone number of the woman stopped in December on the officer's confiscated cell phone during the investigation of the January allegations.

Mosmiller, of Pasadena, is charged with misconduct in office, a fourth-degree sex offense, misdemeanor assault and false imprisonment involving the Jan. 20 allegations that he snapped a cell phone photo of himself groping the 18-year-old driver's breast after he threatened to jail her for drunken driving.

A trial is scheduled for next month on those charges in District Court in Annapolis. Mosmiller's lawyer, Michael J. Belsky, said his client maintains his innocence and would not comment further.

Hamilton, who also represents the female passenger in the January incident, described the woman in the December case as an Anne Arundel County resident in her 20s who was contacted by police investigating the Jan. 20 allegations.

Mosmiller told her she was speeding, then ordered her out of her car in the Pasadena area for a field sobriety test.

"He told her she failed," Hamilton said.

She told him she wanted to drop her passenger, who was male, at his home two blocks away, and said the officer could follow her, Hamilton said.

The friend went to his door, Hamilton said, leaving Mosmiller with the woman.

"And he asked me if, well actually he said, `You know you could go to jail for this,'" she said in an interview Wednesday with WJZ-TV.

She said that Mosmiller asked her to show him her breasts to get out of it. When she refused, Mosmiller said, "What would you do for me?"

Hamilton said she refused to expose herself, but seeing he had her information on a police computer, offered her cell phone number.

She, like the teen in January, did not get a ticket, Hamilton said.

Mosmiller called and text messaged her, Hamilton said. "Me and my friends are going out. Do you want to come hang out with us, stuff like that?" he said, adding: "She never met up with them."

Mosmiller has been suspended from police duties but is working in a capacity in which he does not interact with the public, Waltemeyer said.

In addition to the criminal charges, Mosmiller, who was recently given a commendation for foiling a robbery, is the subject of an internal affairs inquiry.

Three other officers who attended the police training academy last year with Mosmiller and worked with him at the Eastern District police station are also off the road stemming from the inquiries into the Jan. 20 allegations, Waltemeyer said. The others are not facing criminal charges. He declined to explain their involvement in the case.

Waltemeyer urged anyone who may have encountered a similar incident to call the Anne Arundel County police. The numbers are 410-222-8740, and, after business hours, 443-790-1963.

The allegations worry county police officials. "Certainly it compromises the trust that we have with the community," Waltemeyer said.

andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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