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Judge Sentences Rapist To 4 Years Home Detention Due To No Evidence Of Psychological Injury To Victims

Baltimore, MD – A former Baltimore County police officer will serve just four years of home detention for the rape and sexual assault of two women while off-duty two and four years ago.

In August, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Keith Truffer convicted Anthony Westerman of two counts of second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sexual offense, and second-degree assault of a 22-year-old woman in October of 2017, WBAL reported.

He was also convicted during the bench trial of second-degree assault of another woman in June of 2019.

Westerman was suspended by the Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD) without pay after his arrest, WBAL reported.

The department confirmed Monday that he had been fired, according to WJZ.

Prosecutors said the 2017 victim didn’t come forward until she heard about the other woman’s allegations that Westerman had sexually assaulted and raped her in 2019, and reported to police at that time.

The first victim, who was 22 years old when the crimes occurred, told prosecutors that she had gotten drunk with Westerman at a bar in White Marsh and he had offered to get her an Uber home, WBAL reported.

Prosecutors said that instead of taking her home, Westerman took the victim back to his own home.

The victim claimed she was unconscious and woke up to find Westerman having sex with her, WMAR reported.

Truffer found Westerman guilty of two counts of second-degree rape for the 2017 incident and one count of second-degree assault for the 2019 incident, the Associated Press reported.

Westerman was released on home detention after his conviction pending sentencing.

But at the sentencing on Nov. 19, the judge said that he had only intended to find the 27-year-old Westerman guilty of one of the counts of second-degree rape when he convicted him, WBAL reported.

Prosecutors said Truffer then merged the sentences for all the other counts into Westerman’s sentence for rape.

“The judge then determined that there was not evidence of any psychological injury to the victim despite the fact that she indicated she has received therapy for the attack on her and that the judge had stated at the time of the verdict that what had happened to the victim ‘may be the most traumatic moment of’ her life,” prosecutors said in a statement after the sentencing, WBAL reported.

Truffer sentenced Westerman to 15 years in prison, but suspended all but four years of home detention.

He also sentenced the officer to one day in prison for the second-degree assault of the 2019 victim which Truffer called a “boorish” act by Westerman, WBAL reported.

Westerman will be subject to probation after he completes his time in home detention.

The judge allowed Westerman to remain in private home detention pending the appeal of his convictions, WBAL reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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