A police officer in Maryland who was once convicted of raping a girl after providing her a trip house from a bar and for assaulting any other lady has had his jail sentenced suspended.
Baltimore County Circuit Pass judgement on Keith Truffer dominated to droop nearly all of police officer Anthony Westerman’s 15-year sentence on Friday, arguing that Westerman didn’t motive his sufferers “mental injury.”
In October 2017, Westerman assaulted a 22-year-old lady and was once convicted in August on two counts of 2nd level rape and different fees with regards to the assault. He was once additionally convicted of the second one level attack of any other lady in June 2019.
All the way through the sentencing listening to, the pass judgement on suspended all however 4 years of Westerman’s 15-year sentence. Additional, the pass judgement on will permit the officer to serve his time on house arrest, reasonably than in a jail, whilst he appeals his convictions. The pass judgement on additionally handiest gave Westerman a unmarried day in prison for the attack, which he known as “boorish,” consistent with prosecutors.
The Baltimore County State Legal professional, Scott Shellenberger informed The Baltimore Solar that Westerman would most probably spend no time in jail as it takes a very long time for the appeals procedure to conclude.
The state lawyer criticised the pass judgement on and argued that his sentencing was once beside the point making an allowance for the severity of Westerman’s crimes.
“I worry this is able to motive rape sufferers to hesitate to file their crimes if they don’t really feel like they’re going to get justice,” he informed NBC Information.
He was once additionally crucial of the pass judgement on’s resolution that Westerman brought about no “mental injury” to his sufferers.
“She has been in counseling ever since this incident came about, so I did not truly suppose there was once dispute about the truth that there was once mental injury,” he mentioned.
Westerman’s lawyer, Brian Thompson, praised the ruling and thanked the pass judgement on for “doing the suitable factor through no longer sending him to jail,” even though he famous that he deliberate to enchantment the conviction.
Mr Thompson mentioned the conviction was once in accordance with “he mentioned she mentioned” testimony and claimed he would “enchantment this conviction … till Officer Westerman’s identify is cleared.”
In step with court docket paperwork, Westerman and two girls have been ingesting at a bar on 4 October 2017, when one turned into so under the influence of alcohol she handed on in her automotive. Westerman and the opposite lady woke her up, and presented to get her a trip house. The 22-year-old lady mentioned she would wait to sober up and pressure house herself, however Westerman insisted he would organize them an Uber to pressure them house.
Then again, reasonably than directing the Uber driving force to take them house, he directed the motive force to his space, the place he invited the ladies within and raped the 22-year-old.
Westerman was once additionally convicted of forcing himself on any other lady in 2019, a conviction that the pass judgement on threw out on Friday. A 3rd lady claimed Westerman pulled her apart at a birthday celebration and allegedly attempted to kiss her. She claims she left the development with a circle of relatives member.