Md. trooper acquitted of fondling, guilty of misconduct
A Montgomery County jury Monday acquitted former Maryland state trooper Marlon Iglesias on Monday of three sex offense charges related to a woman handcuffed after a DUI stop, but found the trooper guilty of a misdemeanor charge of misconduct in office.
Charges against the trooper hinged primarily on the word of the alleged victim, who nearly a year after the traffic stop told authorities that Iglesias has inappropriately touched and fondled her after she'd been pulled over on Interstate 270, handcuffed and taken to a nearby station. But during testimony, the victim's record for honesty in previous court appearances was exposed.
At the trial, the alleged victim testified that Iglesias handcuffed her and placed her in the front seat of his police car. She said that on the way to the station, he touched her thigh. She alleged that after she'd gotten to the station, he touched or fondled her at least two more times. And as he was letting her go from the station, she said, he also grabbed her and kissed her.
The jury clearly struggled with its verdict, deliberating for about four hours Friday until late into the night. Jurors came back Monday morning, and deliberated for nearly an hour.
At one point, people in the courtroom could hear a loud commotion from the jury room. That was followed by about 10 seconds of silence. Then clapping, just before the jury came out to deliver its verdict, according to attorneys in the case. The split verdict may have reflected jurors' thinking that something untoward happened after the stop, but not enough to deliver a more serious finding.
"We are very pleased that the jury acquitted him of all three felony charges," said Iglesias's attorney, Andrew Jezic, adding that he will appeal the remaining guilty charge and "prove his innocence on retrial."
Iglesias, 43, declined to comment after the verdict. Prosecutors in the case couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
April 19, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories: Dan Morse , Montgomery
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