According to ABC News 7, a sheriff's deputy has been placed on leave from duties with the Prince George’s County Police Department pending an investigation regarding a sexual assault.
Prince George’s County Deputy Sheriff Corporal Brandon Burroughs has been charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault after evidence was brought to the department on December 12, 2022. Burroughs is being accused of rape stemming from a sexual assault allegation that occurred on October 23, 2022. The sheriff's office has placed the nine-year veteran on a no-duty status without pay.
This is not the first time Burroughs has been accused of misconduct. Back in September of 2022, there was an incident that involved a female acquaintance that resulted in both parties obtaining temporary protective orders. This incident was dismissed.
Attorney contributor Aaron Blank is committed to helping victims of sexual assault get the justice they deserve. Aaron, an experienced sexual assault lawyer in Maryland, answered, "Can I sue if a deputy raped me?"
"Police officers, sheriffs, deputies, and other law enforcement professionals keep people safe by preventing crime and enforcing the law. Police officers can abuse their positions of power and trust to sexually assault people, even though most officers are trustworthy. People who have been victims of heinous crimes should be aware of their legal options to hold these predators accountable."
"When the sexual assault is reported to authorities, it will result in a criminal investigation. The investigation is a crucial part of the legal process. However, it is possible that a third party can be held liable. If the deputy had prior complaints filed against them, but the department didn't follow up, the department would be considered negligent. The department is responsible for conducting a background check on the officer to make sure they don't hire someone with a history of misconduct. Victims and their families can learn more about their legal option to file a lawsuit by talking to an experienced sexual abuse lawyer."