Trooper charged in R.S. assaults
Alleged off-duty incidents occurred at officer’s home
— 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”
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.”