… He is accused of exposing himself to woman outside Ridgely Middle …
By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun
8:14 PM EST, January 10, 2011
A former Baltimore County police officer has been charged with indecent exposure after a woman told authorities that he had exposed himself to her last week outside a school in Timonium.
Donald C. Warfield, a 48-year-old mortician, turned himself in on Saturday after police issued a warrant for his arrest. He was charged, jailed and later released in lieu of $30,000 bail. Warfield’s attorney, Frank Turney, did not return a call Monday seeking comment.
A police report about Thursday’s incident outside Ridgely Middle School said a man was sitting in a van on Lynncrest Road, dressed in a jacket and tie, and lifted himself up to expose his partial nakedness to a parent as she walked her dog. He was masturbating, the woman told police.
The parent “started screaming” at the man and called him a “pervert,” she told police. “The driver smirked and made no effort to rush away,” the police report says. The woman then called 911 with her cell phone and tried to take a picture of the van’s rear license plate, but noticed that it was covered with what appeared to be white duct tape.
The man in the van then drove off, and another motorist stopped to ask the clearly distressed woman what had occurred. Moments later, the motorist spotted the silver-colored 2008 Dodge minivan and noted its plate number. A check by police showed it to be registered to the Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral home in Pikesville, where Warfield worked as a mortician.
Managers at the funeral home told police that Warfield had been asked on Thursday to pick up some prayer books in Lutherville, and it was on his way back from that errand that the incident outside the school occurred, according to the police report.
Contacted by phone and asked whether he would answer a few questions, Warfield asked an officer about “the nature of the interview” and then wondered whether he was “going to be arrested,” according to the police report. “He indicated he had nothing to say,” according to the report.
The police officer later received a call from Turney, Warfield’s lawyer, saying he had advised his client not to speak with authorities.
Matt Levinson, the funeral home’s manager, said Monday that Warfield had been fired. “We had no indication that anything like this would happen, and we’re cooperating with the police,” he said.
Warfield, of the 5200 block of Dewitt Road in Halethorpe, was an officer in the county’s Cockeysville precinct about a decade ago. He was fired after being charged with indecent exposure in Glen Rock, Pa., a spokesman for the Baltimore County police said.
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