Corrections Officer Is Charged With Rape

By Jonathan Mummolo
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Prince George's County corrections officer has been arrested and charged with breaking into the Prince William County home of a woman he knew and raping her, county police said yesterday.

John Hanna, 43, of Glen Burnie broke into the woman's house and threatened her with a gun, police said. After being raped, the woman went to a neighbor's house, where police were called shortly after 9 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Hanna was still in the woman's home when police arrived, and he was arrested "without any problems," police said in a statement. He was charged with burglary with intent to commit a felony, rape, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and abduction. He is being held without bond and is due in court April 13.

The woman was treated at a hospital. Her medical status was unknown last night.

Hanna, a corporal with Prince George's Department of Corrections, had been on administrative leave with pay since Jan. 15 because of an incident that took place at the jail, corrections spokeswoman Michon Parker said. She declined to elaborate on the incident because it is under investigation, but she said there have been no criminal charges thus far.

Because of the recent charges in Prince William, Hanna's status has been changed to suspended without pay, Parker said. She would not comment on the recent allegations.

Hanna's arrest is the latest in a string of troubling incidents connected to the Corrections Department in the past year. Authorities are investigating the death of Ronnie L. White, an inmate found dead in his cell in June, less than 48 hours after he was charged with killing a county police officer. The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. No one has been charged.

That same month, then-Department of Corrections Director Alfred J. McMurray Sr. was fired two days after officials discovered that four handguns were missing from the jail's armory. The handguns have not been found.

Last March, three jail officers were suspended amid an investigation into allegations that guards conspired to smuggle cellphones to inmates. One of the guards was suspected of being a member of the Bloods street gang, according to court papers.

Staff writer Ruben Castaneda contributed to this report.

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