A Maryland Transit Administration police officer is facing rape and assault charges after a woman involved in a crash with an MTA bus said he gave her a ride home and then assaulted her.
According to documents made available to WBALTV, the victim claims that she was she was driving home around 3 a.m. Thursday when her car was struck by an MTA bus. After MTA officers responded, she was driven home by one of the officers who then forced his way into her apartment as she entered and raped her on the couch.
After her assailant left, the woman called 911 and told investigators the officer was wearing a name tag with the name of Johnson on his uniform shirt.
Using a photo array, she was later able to identify MTA Officer Martez Johnson, 26, as the man who raped her.
Investigators confirmed Johnson was the officer who responded to the earlier crash, according to court documents.
Johnson, who has been on the job for twenty months, was arrested and charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault. He was later released on bail.
Court records show Johnson did not have a criminal record prior to the incident.
In a statement released Thursday afternoon, MTA Police Chief Col. John E. Gavrilis said, “We are disheartened and disgusted over the alleged violation that this officer broke the public’s trust and harmed an individual. He has been suspended without pay.”
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