A five-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Officer pleaded guilty Monday to one count of misconduct stemming from allegations that he was having sex while on duty.
Aaron Pross, an officer assigned to the Pikesville Precinct who lives in Newark, DE, entered the plea in Baltimore County Circuit Court as part of an agreement with the Baltimore County State's Attorney's office.
As part of the agreement, the state's attorney will not request any specific sentence other than Pross not receive probation before judgment and that he resigns from the Baltimore County Police Department, according to Deputy State's Attorney Robin Coffin.
"We don't want him to have a PBJ so this can't be expunged and he can never be a police officer any where else," said Coffin.
Pross did resign from the department. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 17, according to Coffin.
Pross was charged in April with sending an 11-second video to a 16-year-old girl. The father of the girl discovered the video in January after he began reviewing emails on her unattended cell phone.
[The statement of charges is attached to this article.]
The video appeared to have been made while Pross was in uniform and on duty in his county police car, according to court records.
The investigation into the incident involving the teen led police to discover other videos and images on Pross' cell phone involving a 40-year-old woman, according to the statement of charges.
That woman told police she met between five to 10 times with Pross and engaged in sexual acts with him. Pross allegedly was in uniform and on duty at the time of those incidents, some of which occurred behind a business in Pikesville, according to the statement of charges.
"We were able to link up times [Pross] was on duty at the times the photos and videos were taken and when he was on duty," Coffin said. "We know he didn't respond to calls while he was otherwise engaged."
The plea agreement also eliminates the possibility of additional charges stemming from this incident. There will also be no charges against Pross related to the video sent to the 16-year-old girl.
"We spoke to the family and the girl's father is in agreement with the plea," Coffin said. "It's good for them and it's good for the family."
- Pikesville Precinct Officer Charged With Malfeasance