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20 years for fake cop, Md. rapist

A Frederick man accused of raping a woman while impersonating a police officer has pleaded guilty to a second-degree sex offense and has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Barnwell entered the plea on Wednesday. His trial in April ended in a mistrial.

A woman testified that Barnwell pulled her over on Feb. 23, 2009 and said he was a police officer. The woman said Barnwell ordered her into his vehicle, then forced her to have sex with him.

The woman identified Barnwell from a photo lineup.

In April, a judge declared a mistrial in Barnwell's case.

-- The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 24, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
Categories:  Frederick , From the Courthouse , Updates  
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Throw him in a cell with Bubbba and give Bubba a cop uniform.

Posted by: ceefer66 | June 24, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

How old is this scumbag? Was he given time for impersonating a police officer as well as the rape , and if so are his sentences running concurrently or consecutivley? I hope that he will not be able to get out until his 'plumbing ' no longer functions. Of course there are other surgical ways to insure that he never commits another sexual offense. Too bad that wasn't part of the sentence!

Posted by: lsf07 | June 24, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

He should serve the entire 20-year sentence.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Rape should be a life sentence. There is no rehabilitation for rapists. The will re-offend.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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