(Meredith) – A jury convicted a former police officer of raping a woman he met at a bar and brought back to his home. A judge originally sentenced him to 15 years in prison, but then suspended most of that sentence, and is allowing him to serve time from home.

Former Baltimore County cop Anthony Westerman was convicted on two counts of rape. Judge Keith Truffer handed down Westerman’s sentence Friday – all suspended except for four years of house arrest.

According to court testimony, Westerman met the 22-year-old victim at a bar in 2017. She was drunk and asked for a ride home, except Westerman took her to his house where she passed out and he raped her.

Former police officer convicted of raping woman gets house arrest, no jail time

Former Baltimore County cop Anthony Westerman was convicted on two counts of rape and was sentenced to four years of house arrest.

Maryland State Attorney Scott Shellenberger said he does not believe Westerman is being properly punished.

“It really is the entire package that I think sends the wrong message. Not only to defendants, but also to sexual assault victims,” Shellenberger told WBAL. “By them seeing this sentence, they may have second thoughts about reporting their own rape case."

Westerman will service one day in jail for the second-degree assault of another victim. Baltimore police fired Westerman after the rape conviction.

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