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
Washington Post Editors
June 24, 2010; 7:59 AM ET
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