A Baltimore rapist has suspended a prison sentence by a judge who claims he caused “no mental harm”

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Anthony Westerman, a Baltimore police officer who was convicted of raping one woman and abusing another.  (Baltimore Police Department)

Anthony Westerman, a Baltimore police officer who was convicted of raping one woman and abusing another. (Baltimore Police Department)

A police in Maryland who was convicted of raping a woman after offering her a ride home from a bar and of abusing another woman has had her prison conditionally sentenced.

Baltimore County Circuit Judge Keith Truffer decided to suspend the majority of Officer Anthony Westerman’s 15-year sentence on Friday, arguing that Westerman did not cause his victims “psychological harm.”

In October 2017, Westerman abused a 22-year-old woman and was convicted in August of two second-degree cases. rape and other allegations related to the attack. He was also convicted of second-degree assault by another woman in June 2019.

During the trial, the judge suspended all but four years of Westerman’s 15-year sentence. Furthermore, the judge will allow the official to serve his time in house arrest, rather than in prison, while appealing his conviction. The judge also gave Westerman just one day in jail for the assault, which he called “boring,” according to prosecutors.

Baltimore County State Attorney, Scott Shellenberger said Baltimore Sun. that Westerman would probably not be in jail because it takes a long time for the appeal process to end.

The public prosecutor criticized the judge, saying that his sentence was inappropriate given the severity of Westerman’s crime.

“I fear that this may cause rape victims to hesitate to report their crimes if they do not feel they will receive justice,” he told NBC News.

He was also critical of the judge’s decision that Westerman did not cause any “psychological harm” to his victims.

“She’s been in counseling ever since this incident happened, so I did not really think there was any dispute that it was a mental injury,” he said.

Westerman’s lawyer, Brian Thompson, praised the verdict and thanked the judge for “doing the right thing by not sending him to jail”, although he noted that he planned to appeal the verdict.

Mr Thompson said the sentencing was based on “he said she said” testimony and claimed he would “appeal this conviction … until Officer Westerman’s name is cleared.”

According to court documents, Westerman and two women were drinking at a bar on October 4, 2017, when one became so drunk that she went on in her car. Westerman and the other woman woke her up and offered to take her home. The 22-year-old woman said she would wait to sober up and drive home herself, but Westerman insisted he order an Uber to drive them home.

But instead of urging the Uber driver to take them home, he directed the driver to his house, where he invited the women and raped the 22-year-old.

Westerman was also convicted of forcing himself on another woman in 2019, a conviction that the judge threw out last Friday. A third woman claimed that Westerman pulled her aside at a birthday party and tried to kiss her. She claims she left the event with a family member.

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