A Frederick police officer was sentenced to supervised probation in Garrett County District Court on Wednesday after his guilty plea to second-degree assault of his girlfriend, who is also a Frederick officer.

Benjamin Whitmore was placed on administrative duties after he was arrested by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 2 for assaulting his girlfriend while they were vacationing near Deep Creek Lake.

The Frederick Police Department is also conducting an internal investigation after Whitmore's arrest, spokesman Lt. Clark Pennington said.

According to a statement of facts read during the plea hearing in April, Whitmore was out with friends at Black Bear Tavern on the night of Feb. 1 and into Feb. 2. At one point, his girlfriend started to leave the bar after an argument and walk to the rental cabin where they were staying.

Whitmore walked after her and pushed her to the ground from behind, Assistant State's Attorney Tracey Henline said. After the woman got up, she was pushed to the ground again and kicked, Henline said.

The woman reported the crime to the sheriff's office the next day. She had been treated at a hospital for injuries including a fractured elbow, and her arm was in a splint, Henline said.

She did not appear in court on Wednesday to provide a victim impact statement and did not submit a written victim impact statement to the court, Henline said.

Whitmore holds the rank of officer and has worked for the agency since 2008. He was assigned to the agency’s patrol division, according to the police department.

On Wednesday, Judge Leonard J. Eiswert sentenced Whitmore to 120 days in jail, but he suspended the sentence. Eiswert granted Whitmore probation before judgment, which means a conviction will not be entered if Whitmore successfully completes an 18-month term of supervised probation.

Whitmore spoke briefly during the hearing and said he has completed anger management and alcohol abuse counseling. He also enrolled in a domestic violence counseling program.

"I've created a big mess. I apologize to all those affected," he said.

For more, read Thursday's News-Post.

Follow Danielle E. Gaines on Twitter: @danielleegaines.

(19) comments

willietharps
willietharps

Judge Leonard J.Eiswert. If I come before with an domestic assault case for beating up my wife, Wil you suspend my sentence?

willietharps
willietharps

The pledge of allegiance, states" and justice for all" . This is why I will never recite the pledge again.

Deana519
Deana519

wow.... PBJ and that's it??? He probably got to keep his job too. Crazy.... [angry]

lilbay21213
lilbay21213

I pray she never handles a domestic abuse case After all how can sh be of any good judge of the situation when she finds it OK to remain in a domestic abuse situation herself.
It is hard to get any woman to show up and stand up in court and do a victim statement and to put their foot down. She obviously has not done that so how do we expect her to be of good character when it comes to other females dealing with this situation?Send her to classes and treatment and send him to jail OH wait this is Frederick Officers can do whatever and keep their job
The article does not mention if his Rank or position has been affected. I know he was placed on admin duties when it happened but that was pending the outcome. well so what are they going to do? because i darn sure do not want him answering a domestic violence call I do not care how many classes he attends i am a survivor of abuse and i have seen maybe 1 or 2 that ever changed

DebtFree
DebtFree

Dispatcher: 10-17 in process.....Officer Whitmore: 10-60 .....dispatcher: puh leeze.

DebtFree
DebtFree

Any man who beats a woman has an entrenched psychological disorder which should preclude him from ever touching a firearm again. A law enforcement superior that would retain such a wretched individual on the public till is just as abhorrent and morally compromised as the abuser.

averagejoe33
averagejoe33

I don't know about mentally ill but some jail time seems reasonable

KellyAlzan
KellyAlzan

Ticking time bomb

knahs
knahs

I think he should be suspended from the police force - this is not the type of police officer we want serving our community.

averagejoe33
averagejoe33

or fired forever

rnrbug
rnrbug

He is an officer and should be held more accountable. He is suppose to be setting a good example.

averagejoe33
averagejoe33

[thumbup]

neo-gnostic
neo-gnostic

Seems like they can do whatever they want to and still be employed. What a joke. Should he still be allowed to carry a gun at work?

jgrose79
jgrose79

Why shouldn't he get to carry a gun to work? Most of the liberals on here seem to think that police and military are the only ones who should carry a firearm. Totally stupid as police commit more crimes with guns than the citizen. That is a fact. Yet MD doesn't allow shall issue permits. Weak state even worse laws and more corrupt police. Any questions?

rpkrauss
rpkrauss

Soooooooo... The primary reason I should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon is to protect myself from the police? [beam]

averagejoe33
averagejoe33

sounds about right they can clearly do whatever they want. this cop broke his girl friends arm and got in no trouble

loving frederick
loving frederick

[scared]

fredneckian
fredneckian

"Why shouldn't he get to carry a gun to work?"

Ummm, possibly because he has shown he has anger management issues and poor judgement?

"Most of the liberals on here seem to think that police and military are the only ones who should carry a firearm."

No, hunters, sport shooters, and people defending their property should be able to as well. If you need to have one 24/7 to feel safe, then no, you are too paranoid to carry a firearm and should not be allowed to carry one.

"Totally stupid as police commit more crimes with guns than the citizen. That is a fact".

Easily proof that you are far too pparanoid, unstable and mentally unbalanced to have a concealed carry permit.

sodalite3
sodalite3

jgros79...you ready to move like all so many of your compatriots say they are...Arkansas in the summer sounds like a wonderful place for you...far from us too![smile][beam][smile]

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