Baltimore police officer charged with misconduct, perjury

A Baltimore police sergeant was suspended and criminally charged with perjury and misconduct after a months-long investigation into allegations he used false information to obtain a search and seizure warrant.

Sgt. Dennis W. Workley, who's been on the force since 1996 assigned to the Eastern District, was charged Wednesday by the Baltimore state's attorney's office via criminal information. No details were immediately available.


Police union lawyer Michael Davey, who expects to represent Workley, said Wednesday afternoon that he  hadn't yet seen the charging documents and couldn't comment.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the investigation, which lasted "several months," was sparked by a complaint and initiated by police internal affairs. He declined to comment further.

Messages left with the Baltimore state's attorney's office, seeking a copy of the charging document, were not immediately returned.

In a statement, Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein declined to comment on Workley's case, but reiterated his "commitment to investigating and, when appropriate, prosecuting officers who engage in misconduct and dishonor the badge."

Baltimore Police Deputy Commissioner Anthony Barksdale added in the same statement that the department "will continue to aggressively investigate allegations of misconduct and corruption among our ranks and hold individuals accountable."

WBAL's Jayne Miller reported that the warrant was used to conduct an early-morning drug raid in late December. Discrepancies in the application "suggested that Workley cut and pasted text from another case," the WBAL report claimed.

Guglielmi said Workley will likely face a hearing to determine the scope of his suspension later in the week.