Rearraignment scheduled for second Baltimore police officer in racketeering case

A second Baltimore police officer charged with members of his unit in a federal racketeering conspiracy case is scheduled for a rearraignment hearing next month , acccording to court records.

Detective Evodio Hendrix had previously pleaded not guilty, and rearraignment hearings are held so a defendant can change their plea. A day earlier, a rearraignment hearing was scheduled for another officer charged in the case, Maurice Ward, and Ward's attorney confirmed he would be pleading guilty.

Hendrix's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office said the office would not comment on the cases.

Hendrix and six other members of the city Police Department's Gun Trace Task Force were indicted in February and accused of robbing citizens, falsifying reports, and collecting fraudulent overtime pay. The investigation involved federal agents placing a recording device inside a police vehicle.

Hendrix was accused in the indictment of taking part in several robberies, including the theft of $17,000 from a man whose home the unit had searched. In another case, Hendrix wrote an incident report that said the officers had taken $15,000 from a man, but failed to note another $6,500 the officers had found. After arresting the man, prosecutors said, Hendrix took part in stealing $200,000 from the man's safe and taking property including a $4,000 watch.

Hendrix joined the Police Department in 2009, and joined the task force in June 2016. He earned $121,800 in total pay in fiscal year 2016, on a base salary of $69,370.

In July 2016, Hendrix submitted an overtime report saying he had worked a mandatory 12-hour shift including four hours of overtime, but prosecutors said that he had been in the vicinity of his home all day.

Federal prosecutors have said the officers face maximum sentences of 20 years for the conspiracy and racketeering counts they face.

All of the officers have pleaded not guilty, except Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who is scheduled to be arraigned for the first time on July 7.

Hendrix's rearraignment is scheduled for July 21.Ward's guilty plea — his attorney would not specify to which counts Ward would plead guilty — is scheduled for July 24.

The officers are all being detained pending trial, after judges agreed with prosecutors that they were a public safety risk.

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