Employee for town jailed on assault charge at hotel
Leonardtown mayor says wastewater operations worker placed on vacation leave pending an investigation
A wastewater operations employee for the town of Leonardtown remained in jail without bond after a second court hearing Thursday on charging papers alleging he assaulted a woman last month in a hotel room in the town.
A judge ordered that any work-release authorization for Kyle Drew Shepherd, 35, will be determined by the detention center.
“He’s still employed with us,” Leonardtown Mayor Dan Burris said Saturday. “He’s using the leave that he’s got.”
A St. Mary’s court commissioner issued charges against Shepherd of second-degree assault, harassment, telephone misuse and a visual-surveillance offense after a Charles County woman filed a charges application alleging that the suspect attacked her on the night of Aug. 24, before and after they went into their room at Executive Inn and Suites on Park Avenue.
Shepherd called and asked the woman to meet him there, the charges application states, adding that he gave her $80 to pay for the room before she got the keys, and went back outside to his car.
“Kyle then proceeds to smack me in my forehead several times, and ended with a punch forcefully in the forehead,” the woman alleged in the charges application, before she went to the room, Shepherd apologized as he came in, and they “were intimate [before going] to sleep.”
The next morning, Shepherd yelled at the woman to get $80 from a bank, according to her charges application alleging that he later “grabbed my neck and pushed me up against the wall.”
They left the area in separate vehicles, the application states, also alleg- ing that Shepherd sent her threatening text messages and posted nude photographs of her on social media without her consent, taken while she was sleeping in the hotel room.
Following his arrest, Shepherd told a court commissioner that he has worked as a wastewater operator for the town for eight years. Shepherd originally was released to pretrial supervision, a prosecutor wrote in court papers alleging that the suspect violated the terms of that release by contacting the complainant through Facebook video messaging.