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A Chesapeake Beach couple — one of whom is a 21-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department — have been arrested and charged with second-degree rape and 15 additional counts of sexual offenses for allegedly raping a girl since 2008.
John Grady Warhurst, 42, and Aimee Beth Warhurst, 34, both were charged with one count each of second-degree rape, conspiracy to commit second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense and conspiracy to commit third-degree sex offense; two counts each of second-degree sex offense, conspiracy to commit second-degree sex offense, sexual abuse of a minor — course of conduct and second-degree assault; and four counts of sexual abuse of a minor.
Both John and Aimee Warhurst were released Nov. 6 and 7, respectively, from the Calvert County Detention Center after posting $100,000 bond each.
John Warhurst is a lieutenant with the Prince George’s County Police Department, where he has worked for 21 years.
He is assigned to District IV in the Bureau of Patrol, and he immediately was suspended after officials learned of the allegations, according to the PGPD blog. The blog further states that the PGPD will await the outcome of the criminal case against the officer and will then take appropriate administrative action.
“This police department takes very seriously our mission of constitutional, professional and ethical policing,” PGPD Chief Mark Magaw said in a written statement. “We strive to be transparent in everything we do. This is our unwavering commitment to the community we serve.”
On Oct. 16, Sgt. T. Fridman of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office met with a 19-year-old girl, who told him that in January or February 2008, when she was about 13, John and Aimee Warhurst “began a sexual relationship with her,” according to charging documents. She told Fridman all of the sexual offenses took place at the Warhursts’ home in Chesapeake Beach.
In January or February 2008, the girl, who then was in eighth grade, told Fridman she was given alcohol by Aimee Warhurst and then the couple took her into their bedroom, where they allegedly raped her, charging documents state. The girl told Fridman the abuse had continued for several years, and the couple would allegedly perform sexual acts on her, police said.
The girl then showed Fridman a text message sent to her from Aimee Warhurst that read, “You know I love you and would do anything for you. We actually both care about you. I need you to understand that is [sic] you … ever say anything … I could go to jail for the rest of my life. Please think about that,” charging documents state.
Fridman then met with the victim Oct. 30 “to gather additional information” regarding the offenses. The girl allegedly told Fridman the Warhursts video taped “their sexual exploitations,” according to charging documents.