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Morton Stanley Winkler Jr., 54, of Nottingham faces a charge of second-degree rape.
Morton Stanley Winkler Jr., 54, of Nottingham faces a charge of second-degree rape. (Baltimore County Police Department)

A Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office employee was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of second-degree rape for an alleged incident in November 2018.

Baltimore County police wrote in a news release late Tuesday night that Morton Stanley Winkler Jr., a 54-year-old from the 7700 block of Jennelles Way in Nottingham, was arrested and released on his own recognizance.

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The criminal indictment alleges Winkler raped a woman on or about Nov. 30, 2018. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years incarceration. The indictment does not offer further details.

The Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office will handle the case. The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office has recused itself from the case “due to the close working relationship between both agencies,” police wrote.

The Baltimore County Police Department revealed little about the charge in the news release, saying only that police were notified of an allegation of sexual assault Nov. 30, 2018.

Maryland court records show Winkler was indicted on the charge Jan. 22 and that the warrant for his arrest was served Tuesday.

As a condition of his release, Winkler cannot have contact with the victim, nor can he possess firearms, according to a bail review order. Additionally, Winkler must check in with the pretrial case manager via phone as directed, the order states.

Deputy State’s Attorney Allan Culver of the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office confirmed via email that his office accepted the case as a special prosecutor for the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. In response to specific written questions, Culver said his office is ethically prohibited from commenting on the case.

An attorney for Winkler did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday morning . No phone number was listed for Winkler in court records.

Baltimore Sun Media reporter Mary Grace Keller contributed to this story.

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