Trooper charged in R.S. as­saults

Al­leged off-duty in­ci­dents oc­curred at of­fi­cer’s home

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON AND JANE BELLMYER

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A Mary­land State Police cor­po­ral is fac­ing as­sault charges stem­ming from two off-duty in­ci­dents that oc­curred at his res­i­dence near Ris­ing Sun last year and in­volved the same al­leged fe­male victim, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records and in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by an MSP spokesman.

The sus­pect, Ethan Brown, 33, is charged with two counts of sec­ond-de­gree as­sault re­lat­ing to two in­ci­dents at his home in the 500 block of Joseph Biggs Memo­rial High­way — one oc­cur­ring on May 5, 2015 and the other tak­ing place on June 27, some seven weeks later, court records show.

Brown was not ar­rested, ac­cord­ing to court records, which in­di­cate that, in­stead, MSP is­sued him a crim­i­nal sum­mons on April 19 af­ter he was charged by way of “in­for­ma­tion.”

Un­like crim­i­nal charges by way of a “state­ment of prob­a­ble cause,” which in­cludes a writ­ten nar­ra­tive de­tail­ing the in­ci­dent or in­ci­dents lead­ing to the fil­ing of charges, an “in­for­ma­tion”

ELKTON

pro­vides only scant in­for­ma­tion — in­clud­ing charges, in­ci­dent dates and in­ci­dent lo­ca­tions. It looks sim­i­lar to an in­dict­ment.

Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Steven L. Tros­tle, who has been as­signed to pros­e­cute Brown, de­clined to com­ment on the crim­i­nal case be­cause it hasn’t gone to trial. Court records list a June 1 trial date for Brown.

Court records list C. Thomas Brown, an Elkton-based at­tor­ney, as the sus­pect’s de­fense lawyer. Brown could not be reached for com­ment.

Cpl. Brown was not on duty when the al­leged at- tacks oc­curred last year, re­ported Cpl. DaVaughn Parker, an MSP spokesman. Parker de­clined to com­ment on the al­leged in­ci­dents and the re­la­tion­ship that Brown had with the woman he stands ac­cused of as­sault­ing.

Brown, who was as­signed to MSP’s Water­loo Bar­rack in Jes­sup at the time of his al­leged as­saults, is sus­pended with pay as a re­sult of the crim­i­nal charges against him, Parker said. Brown will re­main at that sta­tus at least un­til his crim­i­nal case is ad­ju­di­cated, he added.

“There’s still an In­ter­nal Af­fairs case,” Parker said, re­fer­ring to MSP’s han­dling of the charges against Brown from a per­son­nel stand­point. “It’s still wait­ing to be ad­ju­di­cated.”

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