A Bladensburg police officer was arrested Thursday and accused of sex crimes with a minor in Baltimore County.
The Baltimore County Police Department said LoQune Lee Brown, 34, turned himself into police after a warrant was issued for his arrest Wednesday. Brown, who’s from Woodlawn, is a corporal with the Bladensburg Police Department.
Brown, an eight-year veteran assigned to the Prince George’s County department’s Community Action Team, has been placed on administrative leave since March 9, when the agency was notified by Baltimore County of the investigation.
“The allegation is extremely disturbing for our Department and our community,” Bladensburg Police Chief Tyrone Collington Sr. said in a statement. “We hold our Officers to the highest standards of the law and this does not reflect the professionalism, dedication or commitment of the men and women of the Bladensburg Police Department and their service to our community.”
Brown is charged with two counts of third-degree sex offense, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree assault. He is being held on a no-bail status pending a bail review hearing. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.
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Baltimore County police said detectives discovered between July and November 2020 that Brown allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile relative at his home on two occasions.
According to charging documents, a 12-year-old told authorities Brown assaulted her twice inside the basement of his Gwyn Oak home during family gatherings. She told police the first incident occurred last summer when he groped her chest. Another time in November, she told authorities that Brown made her touch his penis, according to the charging documents.
After the incidents, Brown messaged the girl over Instagram, when she asked him why he assaulted her, according to the charging document.
“Idk [I don’t know] i was drinking and feeling good,” and “Thought you would like it,” Brown wrote, the charging document states.
The victim responded, “I am 12 years old why would I would like that?”
“Idk sry,” he responded. “Won’t happen again.”
While the alleged incidents did not occur while Brown was on duty, Bladensburg police said that given the nature of the allegations, the department has launched a review of its Town Youth Development Programs. Anyone with concerns should call Bladensburg Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit at 301-864-6080.