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Pr. George’s police officer arrested for alleged sex crimes

A Prince George’s County police officer has been charged with rape and other sex offenses involving a minor girl.

Deputies with the Calvert County sheriff’s office arrested Lt. John Warhurst, 42, on Wednesday. Warhurst faces at least 16 charges for incidents dating from 2008 to 2012, according to court records.

Warhurst is a 21-year veteran of the Prince George’s Police Department and has been suspended without pay, which is standard protocol while the case is being investigated, authorities said. Warhurst is assigned to the bureau of patrol in District 4, which covers Oxon Hill, Glassmanor and cities that border Washington, D.C., police said.

Prince George’s police officials said they have been working with the Calvert sheriff’s office on the matter. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled in Calvert County District Court for Dec. 4.

Warhurst is being held on a bond of $100,000.

Warhurst was one of the Prince George’s officers connected to a controversial police brutality case in 1994. He and two other officers were eventually acquitted of beating a burglary suspect who was handcuffed outside a Suitland restaurant.

Police officials said they are waiting for the outcome of the criminal case before taking administrative action. But Warhurst was suspended as soon as the department learned of the allegations, police said.

“This police department takes very seriously our mission of constitutional, professional and ethical policing,” said Prince George’s Police Chief Mark Magaw in a written statement. “We strive to be transparent in everything we do. This is our unwavering commitment to the community we serve.”

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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