A Prince George's County deputy sheriff was charged with second-degree rape Wednesday after an inmate reported that the two engaged in oral sex while she was in a holding cell at the county courthouse, officials said.
The inmate, identified as a 34-year old black female, had been brought to the Upper Marlboro courthouse from the Department of Corrections on Tuesday for a hearing, Prince George's County police said. She was in a holding cell awaiting her hearing when the deputy and the woman engaged in oral sex, police officials with knowledge of the investigation said.
The deputy was identified by the Office of the Sheriff as Lamar McIntyre, who had been with the agency for two years.
The inmate reported the incident once she got back to the jail, and police officers arrived to investigate at about 2 p.m. Police officials said they recovered forensic evidence from the woman.
When questioned, Deputy McIntyre admitted to the encounter but said it was consensual, police said.
Since the incident was reported, sheriff's office spokeswoman Sharon Taylor said Deputy McIntyre has had no further contact with any inmates. He is assigned to work at the courthouse, but Ms. Taylor could not define his exact job description on Wednesday.
Sheriff Melvin C. High said he was notified of the incident Tuesday night.
"Upon that notification we cooperated fully and arranged to have the deputy picked up by county police when he arrived for work [Wednesday] morning at the court house," Sheriff High said in a statement. "We have an obligation to take any allegation of misconduct seriously. What has been alleged is that a deputy unlawfully took advantage of a person in our custody."
Because second-degree rape is a felony offense, Ms. Taylor said the deputy will be suspended without pay while the incident is investigated.
John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office, said a bond review likely will be held on Thursday.
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