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Date: Jan 28, 2020

A Baltimore County Sheriff's Office employee has been indicted by a Grand Jury on one count of second degree rape.

Baltimore County Police initiated an investigation after being notified of the allegation of a sexual assault on November 30, 2018. The investigation was conducted in consultation with the Office of the State's Attorney for Carroll County after the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore County recused itself from the case due to the close working relationship between both agencies.

The Grand Jury indictment is sealed, prohibiting details of the case from being released at this time. A warrant was issued on January 27, at which time the sheriff, identified as Morton Stanley Winkler Jr (54) of the 7700 block of Jennelles Way, 21236, was taken into custody. He was released on his own recognizance following a bail review hearing.

The Baltimore County Police Department encourages anyone who had inappropriate contact by Winkler to contact the BCoPD Special Victims Unit at 410-887-2223. We also encourage contacting any sexual assault hotline or advocacy group to seek support and victim resources.

Baltimore County Police Chief Hyatt is releasing relevant body worn camera (BWC) video, 911 call audio, and radio transmissions from the January 10 arrest of two women in Pikesville. The incident originated with a call for a disturbance involving a knife in the unit block of Western Winds Circle, 21244. The incident involving the arrest of the women occurred later in the 7000 block of North Alter Street, 21207.

In addition to the release of the audio and video, Chief Hyatt made this statement:

The men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department work diligently to honor our core values of integrity, fairness and service. When our actions come into question, it is my responsibility as your Chief to ensure an objective and thorough investigation is completed. In addition, it is imperative that we continue to maintain an open dialogue and communicate with the community. It is our obligation to treat all citizens respectfully and impartially. The trust of our community must be earned and maintained every day. We will continue to strive to provide the high quality of service that our community expects and deserves.

The officers involved in the incident are identified as Corporal Brennan and Officer Schmidt, both assigned to the Pikesville Precinct. 

Click on the following links to view the video and listen to the audio related to this case (please note that there is a brief delay in the recording of sound once BWC is activated and begins recording images):

A Baltimore County Police officer from the Dundalk Precinct was injured last night after his police vehicle was struck by another driver on Sollers Point Road.

The officer was northbound on Sollers Point Road at 9:58 p.m. when a Chevrolet Aveo, also traveling northbound to the rear of the police vehicle but in the southbound travel lane, struck the police vehicle as it was making a left turn onto Waymouth Way, pushing the police car back across the northbound lane and into a driveway where it struck two parked cars. The Chevrolet continued forward on Sollers Point Road, crossing over the southbound lane and striking a tree. 

The officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The driver of the Chevrolet also suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital. 

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is continuing the investigation to determine what factors contributed to this crash.

Revised June 27, 2017