Balto. County officer indicted on sex offense, assault charges; Two incidents alleged to have occurred this year


A grand jury indicted a Baltimore County police officer yesterday on charges of committing sex offenses twice this year, possibly while on duty.

Assistant State's Attorney John Cox said Officer William J. Giles, 36, of Abingdon was indicted on two counts of second-degree sex offense, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense, two counts of perverted practice, two counts of misconduct in office and two counts of second-degree assault.

Cox declined to give details of the allegations, saying Giles has not been formally charged.

"He will be served with indictment papers once they are typed," said Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a county police spokeswoman.

Police said they have been investigating the allegations since August after receiving a call alleging two incidents occurred in May and July.

Cox said the alleged victim is not another police officer or department employee.

Giles joined the county police force four years ago and has spent his career patrolling the southeast portion of the county near Dundalk, said Warehime.

Though Giles faces two counts of police misconduct, the charges do not necessarily mean that the misconduct that's alleged to have occurred happened while the officer was on duty, she said.

Lt. L. Timothy Caslin, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4, said that FOP members discussed last night whether the union would help pay for Giles' legal costs to defend him against criminal charges.

"It's possible that if it was on duty, we would represent him because that is what we do," Caslin said. "At this time, we do not have enough information to say we will represent him."

The FOP's board of directors will discuss the matter again at its Nov. 15 meeting, Caslin said. He said that Giles was reassigned to administrative duties within the department.

Giles is being represented by lawyer Michael Belsky of Baltimore. Although he has not been formally charged, "arrangements are being made for [Giles] to turn himself in," Belsky said yesterday. "The charges against him are only allegations."

Police said they also will conduct an internal investigation.

Sun staff writer Joan Jacobson contributed to this article.

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