BALTIMORE, JULY 10 -- Five Maryland State Police Training Academy officials, including its commander and other top personnel, have been charged with violating internal regulations by allegedly covering up an incident in which an academy instructor had sexual relations with a woman recruit.
The five men, who will face a police hearing board probably later this summer, are charged with violating several departmental regulations, "including neglect of duty and submitting false reports," state police spokesman Chuck Jackson said today.
The incident surfaced last March after then-Maryland State Police Superintendent George Brosan ordered an investigation into a report that an academy instructor had abandoned his post as duty officer at the academy to have dinner with a woman recruit and her family the night before the recruit's class was to graduate last December. The academy is on the grounds of state police headquarters in Pikesville in suburban Baltimore.
Investigators looking into why the instructor left his post determined in addition that the instructor had had sexual relations with one and possibly two of the nine female recruits in the class during the 1986 training period, state police sources said, and several administrators participated in covering it up.
At the time of the disclosures, the academy commander, Capt. Patrick H. Bucher, was reassigned to duties outside the academy, and instructor Barry L. Smith, a specialist in hand-to-hand combat, was transferred to patrol duties at the Berlin barracks on the Eastern Shore.
Bucher and Smith are among the five men charged in the incident. Spokesman Jackson would not name the other three, citing personnel regulations that bar identification of persons facing internal disciplinary action.
Another source said two of the other men are lieutenants and one is a first sergeant, all holding "top level supervisory" positions in the academy. The source said they remain assigned to the academy pending the disciplinary action.
The men will face a police hearing board consisting of five fellow state police officers or a combination of state police and other police officers of equal or higher rank. If found guilty, punishment could range from a reprimand to dismissal.