Em­ployee for town jailed on as­sault charge at ho­tel

Leonard­town mayor says wastew­a­ter op­er­a­tions worker placed on va­ca­tion leave pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Enterprise - - News - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

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.

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