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.
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