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Keyword: rape

Detectives are searching for additional victims after charging a man with numerous sexual offenses, including second degree rape.

Booking photo of Albert Chang PealAlbert Chang Peal (52) of the 9000 block of Naygall Road, 21234, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday after a lengthy investigation. The charges, including various degrees of rape, sex offense, and videoing without permission, stemmed from an incident reported on March 5. The ensuing investigation has led detectives to believe that there are additional women who have been victimized by Peal, and they hope those women will reach out to detectives with information.

The victim in this case was acquainted with Peal, as she was an employee at an establishment he frequents. Peal offered to drive the victim home after she'd been drinking at a local nightclub. Instead, he drove her to his home in Parkville where he took advantage of her level of intoxication, recording the incident unbeknownst to the victim. The victim later reported the incident to police.

The investigation led to the discovery of a second victim that detectives contacted on April 2. This woman was also sexually assaulted by Peal under a similar set of circumstances, but had not reported the incident.

The Baltimore County Police Special Victims Unit is asking anyone who may have had a similar encounter with Peal, or knows of a similar incident that he may have been involved in, to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020.

If you have been the victim of a sexual assault, reach out for help. You can call the police non-emergency line at 410-887-2222 or contact any one of these resources:

Peal is charged with the following sexual offenses:

  • Two counts of second degree rape
  • Two counts of third degree sex offense
  • Two counts of fourth degree sex offense
  • Visual surveillance - private area
  • Private place - prurient intent

Initially held on no bail status, Peal was released yesterday on his own recognizance following a bail review hearing.

Photo of man responsible for sexually assaulting a minor.Baltimore County Police are seeking to identify this man, responsible for sexually soliciting a minor.

Detectives are investigating after the suspect, pictured here on a residential security camera, met with the juvenile on February 6 after becoming acquainted on a dating app. Detectives are now asking the public for help identifying this suspect.

The Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating this incident. If you recognize this suspect, contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards of up to $2000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online, text or mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text: “MCS (include tip)” to CRIMES (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Mobile App: P3TIPS

Officer Anthony Michael Westerman, 25, has been charged with two counts of second degree rape and three counts of second degree assault. Westerman has been employed by the Baltimore County Police Department since 2013. His most recent assignment was at the Essex Precinct. 

This case was initiated when Baltimore County Police received information concerning the allegations. The Special Victims Unit conducted their investigation and ultimately pursued charges against Westerman. 

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt, “the allegations made in this case are reprehensible and are not representative of the values and ethics of the Baltimore County Police Department. As a result of a thorough investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau, the officer has been arrested and has been suspended without pay.” Anthony Westerman is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017