PGPD suspends officer after assault charges

A Prince George’s County Police car in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

Prince George’s County Police suspended Cpl. Brian Newcomer without pay after he was charged with attempted second-degree rape Sunday evening.

Maryland State Police arrested Newcomer at 6:15 p.m. Sunday and charged him with attempted second-degree rape, false imprisonment and three counts of second-degree assault, according to a press release from state police.

Newcomer, 36, reportedly knew the woman involved, according to a release from Prince George’s County Police. The woman told police the alleged assault occurred in her Prince George’s County home on July 30. She reported the incident the next day, according to state police.

The department hired Newcomer in 2013, and he most recently worked in the Bureau of Investigation.

“The allegations against this officer are deeply disturbing,” interim Chief Hector Velez said in a statement. “When we were made aware of the arrest, the corporal’s police powers were immediately suspended. Our Internal Affairs Division has also launched an investigation into the officer’s actions and we are fully cooperating with Maryland State Police.”

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