A Prince George's County deputy sheriff once charged with the rape of an inmate in his custody has pleaded guilty to lesser counts after the woman told investigators the sex was consensual, according to prosecutors.
Deputy Sheriff Lamar McIntyre pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony count of sexual conduct between a correctional employee and an inmate and one count of misconduct in office. He faces up to 18 months in jail as a result of his plea agreement, said John Erzen, spokesman for State's Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks.
McIntyre was initially charged with second-degree rape after the encounter, which occurred in June 2012 inside a holding cell at the county courthouse while the woman was awaiting a hearing. The 34-year-old woman, who faced trespassing and theft charges, reported the encounter after she was transported back to the jail.
McIntyre, who resigned from the sheriff's office, told investigators from the start that the sex was consensual. In a $15 million lawsuit filed in October against the former deputy, the woman described feeling like she had no choice but to comply with his demands.
A lawyer representing the woman said they intend to go forward with the civil case.
"Her civil rights were violated," attorney J. Wiggs said.
Mr. Wiggs also slammed the state's attorney's office for offering the plea deal, saying his client has never walked back her version of events.
"It appears the state's attorney's office hasn't had a good record of prosecution of law enforcement in the last 12 months," he said, referring to other cases in which police officers have been acquitted or found guilty of lesser charges. "I'm not surprised on the outcome of this case based on the track record."
A plea offer was extended to McIntyre weeks ago after the woman told investigators the sex "was consensual," Mr. Erzen said.
McIntyre's attorney could not be reached.
As a result of his plea, McIntyre will be required to undergo a "sexual evaluation," similar to what sex offenders go through to determine if any treatment is needed, Mr. Erzen said. McIntyre will not be required to register as a sex offender.
His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 16.
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