In another case of a public servant garnering headlines for the wrong reasons, a Prince George’s County deputy sheriff has been charged with rape while on duty.
On June 19, a female inmate awaiting trial at the Prince George’s Courthouse in Upper Marlboro accused Sheriff’s Deputy Lamar McIntyre of raping her.
According to charging documents, at about 2 p.m. the inmate was taken to a holding cell between hearings, when the McIntyre allegedly forced himself on her.
“While the victim was in the holding cell, the defendant forced her to perform fellatio and engage in vaginal intercourse,” the documents say. “The defendant waved his constitutional rights to counsel and agreed to speak to investigators.”
According to a county police statement, McIntyre “admitted his involvement” in the act and was charged with second-degree sexual assault
The 31-year-old McIntyre has been a sheriff’s deputy for a little under three years. He was assigned to the District Court by the department. Officials in the sheriff’s department wouldn’t comment on McIntyre’s history, but they did say he’s been suspended without pay.
According to the state’s attorney’s office, the alleged victim is still being held as she’s yet to make bond on trespassing and theft charges. Court documents show that she was previously arrested in May 2011 for disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and indecent exposure.
Because the alleged victim could experience emotional problems from the incident, officials said the county will make sure mental health resources are available to the woman.
“There are services (on site) that she can take advantage of if she chooses to,” said John Erzen, communications director in the Office of the State’s Attorney. “Obviously I can’t speak to anything specifically, but I know they’re keeping an eye on her.”
the episode marks the second high profile case of misconduct involving an inmate at the Department of Corrections. Former Department of Corrections Officer Anthony McIntosh was formally charged with a civil rights violation and charges of cover-up in the 2008 death of inmate Ronnie White. White was accused of killing Prince George’s Police Officer Richard S. Findley on Jan. 27, 2008. Less than 36 hours later, he was found dead in his cell.
After the White death, county officials urge all inmates, despite their circumstances to come forward in cases of alleged misconduct.
“Obviously [public safety officials] take their jobs very seriously,” Erzen continued. However, if things like this do occur we encourage inmates to come forward so that they can get justice like anyone else.
The alleged victim has another court date on June 28.
McIntyre has been charged with second-degree rape and second degree sex offense, which according to Maryland law, means he used force but didn’t threaten the victim with serious physical injury or disfigurement. He’s already been released on bond. If convicted he faces up to 20 years in prison.