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Former Baltimore police officer charged with second-degree rape

A former Baltimore police officer has been charged with second-degree rape after a woman said he became aggressive during sex and refused to stop when she told him he was hurting her, according to court records.

Rashard King, 29, who was separated out of the Baltimore Police Department in July, was arrested Thursday on four counts related to the incident the night before at his home in the 1000 block of N. Woodyear St., court records said. In addition to the rape charge, he faces second-degree assault, third-degree sexual offense, fourth-degree sexual contact and false imprisonment charges, according to court records.

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He was being held on $250,000 bail, and did not have an attorney listed in court records.

According to the court records, King met the woman at a hookah lounge in Baltimore on Wednesday and "both decided to go to his place of residence to have sex."

The Baltimore Sun typically does not identify victims of sex crimes.

While they were engaged in sex, King started to "aggressively become rough," according to court records. The woman told him he was hurting her and asked him several times to stop, but he refused, the records said.

The woman screamed and tried unsuccessfully to push King off of her before digging her nails into his thigh and breaking free, she told investigators.

King then prevented her from leaving. He said, "I don't know what came over me" and "I lost control," according to the court records.

The woman eventually left, told a friend about the incident, and then traveled to Greater Baltimore Medical Center to be examined. Results of those tests were consistent with a sexual assault, the court records said.

King was a Baltimore Police officer for at least six years before being separated from the department in July, according to T.J. Smith, a department spokesman.

Smith said King "did not retire," but declined to describe the nature of his separation because it is a personnel matter. Smith said King's current charges "have nothing to do with his former status as an officer."

King was charged in August 2015 with assaulting his then-girlfriend, police said at the time. That charge was dropped a month later.

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