A Maryland state trooper was arrested and charged Monday with forcing a woman to perform a sex act on him at gunpoint.
A Prince George’s police officer was on patrol and saw the 18-year Maryland state police veteran Brian Tucker, 43, standing with a woman next to an SUV parked in a commercial area, near the intersection of Rochell Avenue and Hazelwood Drive in Capitol Heights.
A Maryland State Police spokeswoman said that as the officer approached to see what was happening, the woman told him that Tucker had a gun. Tucker then identified himself as a state trooper.
Prince George’s police said in a statement that the preliminary investigation reveals Tucker and the woman had agreed to engage in a sex act in exchange for money.
During that encounter, the woman said however, Tucker forced her at gunpoint to engage in an additional sex act against her will.
The gun was not Tucker’s duty weapon, Prince George’s police said. He has been charged with a first-degree sex offense, a firearm violation, and has been suspended without pay from the state police.
Police have said Tucker was off-duty at the time of the incident.
Rape and sexual misconduct are common place for police officers. Last week a Phoenix officer was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a handcuffed and detained woman.
Earlier in June, a New Jersey officer was arrested for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
Just one day prior, another New Jersey officer was arrested for child pornography after an investigation spurned by a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, revealed the officer had uploaded the material to the Internet.
According to the 3rd Quarter Report of The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project for 2010, police officers were accused of sexual assault at a rate of 79 per 100,000 law enforcement personal.
The rate of accusations for the general public was 28.7 per 100,000.
When correcting for gender, the numbers show that there are 1.5 times more accusations of sexual assault among male law enforcement officers than among the general male population.