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A Baltimore County police officer was sentenced Friday to home detention in the 2017 rape of a 22-year-old woman, prosecutors announced Monday.Anthony Westerman, 27, was convicted in August 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 2017. In addition, Westerman was convicted of second-degree assault of another woman in June 2019.Prosecutors said Westerman was off duty at the time of the rapes and assaults. He has been held on home detention until his sentencing.A judge found Westerman guilty of rape and assault four years after Westerman offered to get a 22-year-old woman an Uber from a bar in White Marsh, but instead took her to his house and raped her, prosecutors 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.At sentencing on Friday, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Keith Truffer determined that he had only intended to convict Westerman of one of the counts of second-degree rape and merged the sentences for all of the other counts into his sentence for the rape, prosecutors said. The judge then sentenced Westerman to 15 years of incarceration but suspended all but for four years of home detention. Westerman will then be on probation after his home detention.”Which means this defendant, who has been convicted of second-degree rape, will be serving the sentence in the privacy of their own home and that was certainly not something we were expecting or looking for,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said. The judge then permitted Westerman to remain released to private home detention pending his appeal of the convictions.The judge sentenced Westerman to one day in jail for the second-degree assault of the other victim for what he described as a “boorish” act, prosecutors said.The sentence left Shellenberger and the victim stunned. Shellenberger said the judge himself handed down convictions on two rape charges at the trial in August and then rescinded one of those convictions on Monday.”We do not believe that Westerman is properly punished in this case for what he did,” Shellenberger said.Shellenberger said Truffer decided to throw out one of the rape convictions he handed down in August and stated there was no evidence of any psychological injury to the victim. The prosecution did not provide a letter from the victim’s psychologist.”The victim did tell everyone — she has been in counseling ever since this incident happened, so I didn’t really think there was dispute about the fact that there was psychological damage, but candidly we didn’t have a letter from the psychologist, but we very often don’t and it really was not a dispute that she has been, in fact, in counseling,” he said.”You can’t be raped and assaulted like that without suffering terrible trauma,” Dorothy Lenning, with the House of Ruth, said. Lenning was stunned by the sentence. Both she and Shellenberger worry about the lasting implications of this sentence. “I think this is what makes it so hard for victims, particularly of sex crimes to come forward because I think it feels to the victim like nothing happened to this man,” Lennings said.”It really is the whole package that I think sends the wrong message not only to defendants but also to sexual assault victims. By them seeing this sentence, they may have second thoughts about reporting their own rape cases,” Shellenberger saidWesterman’s attorney released a statement Monday night saying: “Officer Westerman and his family are relieved that the judge did the right thing by not sending him to prison. We believe that the verdict was against the weight of the evidence. This was a ‘he said, she said’ case in which everyone was intoxicated. The alleged victim waited over two years to report this to the police. The claim that she was unconscious is not true. She admitted under oath that she was not only conscious, but that she engaged in sexual acts that are highly inconsistent with a non-consensual encounter. We intend to appeal this conviction and we will not rest until Officer Westerman’s name is cleared.”Westerman was suspended from the Baltimore County Police Department without pay since he was charged. On Monday, police told 11 News that Westerman has been terminated.

A Baltimore County police officer was sentenced Friday to home detention in the 2017 rape of a 22-year-old woman, prosecutors announced Monday.

Anthony Westerman, 27, was convicted in August 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 2017. In addition, Westerman was convicted of second-degree assault of another woman in June 2019.

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Prosecutors said Westerman was off duty at the time of the rapes and assaults. He has been held on home detention until his sentencing.

A judge found Westerman guilty of rape and assault four years after Westerman offered to get a 22-year-old woman an Uber from a bar in White Marsh, but instead took her to his house and raped her, prosecutors 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.

At sentencing on Friday, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Keith Truffer determined that he had only intended to convict Westerman of one of the counts of second-degree rape and merged the sentences for all of the other counts into his sentence for the rape, prosecutors said.

The judge then sentenced Westerman to 15 years of incarceration but suspended all but for four years of home detention. Westerman will then be on probation after his home detention.

“Which means this defendant, who has been convicted of second-degree rape, will be serving the sentence in the privacy of their own home and that was certainly not something we were expecting or looking for,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said.

The judge then permitted Westerman to remain released to private home detention pending his appeal of the convictions.

The judge sentenced Westerman to one day in jail for the second-degree assault of the other victim for what he described as a “boorish” act, prosecutors said.

The sentence left Shellenberger and the victim stunned. Shellenberger said the judge himself handed down convictions on two rape charges at the trial in August and then rescinded one of those convictions on Monday.

“We do not believe that Westerman is properly punished in this case for what he did,” Shellenberger said.

Shellenberger said Truffer decided to throw out one of the rape convictions he handed down in August and stated there was no evidence of any psychological injury to the victim. The prosecution did not provide a letter from the victim’s psychologist.

“The victim did tell everyone — she has been in counseling ever since this incident happened, so I didn’t really think there was dispute about the fact that there was psychological damage, but candidly we didn’t have a letter from the psychologist, but we very often don’t and it really was not a dispute that she has been, in fact, in counseling,” he said.

“You can’t be raped and assaulted like that without suffering terrible trauma,” Dorothy Lenning, with the House of Ruth, said.

Lenning was stunned by the sentence. Both she and Shellenberger worry about the lasting implications of this sentence.

“I think this is what makes it so hard for victims, particularly of sex crimes to come forward because I think it feels to the victim like nothing happened to this man,” Lennings said.

“It really is the whole package that I think sends the wrong message not only to defendants but also to sexual assault victims. By them seeing this sentence, they may have second thoughts about reporting their own rape cases,” Shellenberger said

Westerman’s attorney released a statement Monday night saying: “Officer Westerman and his family are relieved that the judge did the right thing by not sending him to prison. We believe that the verdict was against the weight of the evidence. This was a ‘he said, she said’ case in which everyone was intoxicated. The alleged victim waited over two years to report this to the police. The claim that she was unconscious is not true. She admitted under oath that she was not only conscious, but that she engaged in sexual acts that are highly inconsistent with a non-consensual encounter. We intend to appeal this conviction and we will not rest until Officer Westerman’s name is cleared.”

Westerman was suspended from the Baltimore County Police Department without pay since he was charged. On Monday, police told 11 News that Westerman has been terminated.

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