Saturday, September 5, 2009

Trooper allegedly fondles woman after DUI arrest

A former Maryland state trooper was charged with sexual assault Wednesday, September 2 after he sexually abused a woman in his custody for DUI. Marlon E. Iglesias, 42, of Montgomery County backed up a Montgomery County patrol officer who pulled her over on southbound I-270 for tailgating and suspicion of DUI. After Iglesias took over the stop from the county officer, the woman alleges that he squeezed her thigh in his patrol car, and kissed her when they went back to the Maryland State Police barracks in Rockville.

The woman reported the attack in May. Iglesias' police powers had been suspended in January because of a personnel issue, according to state police. A member of the force since 1994, he resigned in April, police said. Iglesias was charged with three counts of third-degree sexual offense, two counts of fourth-degree sexual offense and one count of second-degree assault. He was released from the Montgomery County Detention Center after posting a $30,000 bond.

Fourth degree sexual offense refers to nonconsensual sexual contact (not intercourse - that's 3rd degree sexual offense). It is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year in jail and/or a $100 fine. 2nd degree assault is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in jail and/or a $2500 fine. Sex offender registration is optional.

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