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A Former Annapolis Cop Pleads Guilty to Misconduct in Office: Not Investigating a Report of Sex Crimes Against Women

A Former Annapolis police Corporal named Gwynne Tavel Junior pleaded guilty to not investigating and reporting a sex crime case as closed after being promoted to a supervisory position.  The case was a rape incident assigned to him in August 2018, a year after being transferred to the department’s Criminal Investigation Section. According to charging documents, after initially emailing the victim, Tavel never contacted her again despite several attempts by the victim to connect.  The case file was found when the Police department moved file cabinets around while renovating offices in its Tyler Avenue headquarters. This was the case that Tavel pleaded guilty to misconduct.

Prosecutors also brought up other cases against the former policeman.  But, a circuit court judge threw them out, saying that the officer was not adequately protected from incriminating himself while under questioning by investigators. 

The office of the Maryland State Prosecutor says Tavel will have his record expunged after he serves 100 hours of community service and three years of unsupervised probation.


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