Officers punished in steroids scandal


Two Anne Arundel County police officers charged administratively with using steroids for nonmedical purposes have been suspended without pay for 25 days, police sources and officials said yesterday.

Three others caught up in the same scandal have been ordered to receive counseling from their superiors, and punishments for three more have not been determined, according to Officer Terry Crowe, police spokesman.

Police sources identified John Church and James Cifala as the officers who were suspended by Chief Robert P. Russell.

The sources also identified Officers Tim Dailey, Gerry Jones, Scott Gall, Henry McClung and Sgt. Bret Ballam among the others facing administrative charges of getting and using steroids. The identity of an eighth officer could not be determined last night. Officer Crowe would not identify the officers who had been disciplined.

The charges stem from the investigation and conviction of Dr. George Hebeka, 61, who was sentenced in May to home detention and 15 months of probation for one count of illegal distribution of steroids. He admitted prescribing the drug for police officers throughout metropolitan Baltimore.

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