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Upper Marlboro police officer facing criminal penalties

A report out of Upper Marlboro confirms that a former "Detective of the Year" has been arrested for allegedly videotaping a female relative. According to reports, a 23-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department used two cameras to spy on a younger female relative that moved into his residence.

Apparently, the woman had fallen on hard times and moved in with the officer. Over the next nine months, he used two cameras to video the woman before she eventually found the devices. She alerted authorities who arrested the officer. As of last week, it appears the man has forfeited his criminal defense, and pled guilty to the charges.

This incident came after other reports of improprieties by local officers. One policeman allegedly committed suicide after photographing a teen runaway with her clothes off. Another was charged with running a prostitution ring involving underage girls out of his apartment, while a third officer is being accused of trying to kill his wife.

While the number of police crimes seem high, it should come as no surprise that all citizens, even those charged with enforcing the law, are capable of breaking it. In addition, while a first time offender may get some reprieve, they are subject to the same penalties as everyone else.

Therefore, those charged with criminal offenses are strongly encouraged to contact a local Upper Marlboro defense attorney. These professionals specialize in criminal law and can help enter into plea negotiations with prosecutors to reduce exposure to severe jail time, fines, probation and more.

Source: ABC 7, "Keith Tabron, MPD Officer, secretly taped female relative, authorities say," Tom Roussey, Dec. 26, 2013

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