Suspended Baltimore County police officer convicted of rape, assault
By Kai Reed | News Anchor, Reporter, WBAL11
Updated: 9:43 AM EDT Aug 24, 2021
Original Source: https://www.wbaltv.com/article/anthony-westerman-convicted-rape-assault/37376759#
TOWSON, Md. — A Baltimore County police officer will be sentenced in the fall after being convicted of raping two women. WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with the Baltimore County State's Attorney after the judge reached a decision. Prosecutors said Officer Anthony Westerman was off duty at the time of the rapes and assaults. He's being held on home detention until his sentencing in November. A judge found Westerman guilty of rape and assault four years after prosecutors said that he offered to get a 22-year-old woman an Uber from a bar in White Marsh in October 2017, but instead took her to his house and raped her. "Because he was buying her shots and alcohol -- and getting her drunk -- it really did appear to be planned assault because not only did he get her drunk, but then he took her back to his place and then he assaulted her when she was unconscious, so clearly a predator that needs to be off the streets," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said. The woman came forward in 2019 after Westerman was accused of assaulting and raping other women that same year. Those cases and the 2017 rape were tried at the same time. The judge also convicted the officer of second-degree assault for an incident involving another 22-year-old woman in a bar. Westerman is an officer in the Essex precinct. Baltimore County police confirmed Monday night that he is currently suspended without pay. "I think the importance is that, in my office it doesn't matter who you are, it's what you did. And we will prosecute police officers when they commit crimes and that's what we did in this case," Shellenberger said. Westerman's conviction includes two counts of second-degree rape, two-counts of second-degree assault and third- and fourth-degree sex offense. That means he faces a possible 50-year sentence. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 19.