Deputy First Class Jeffery Gerres, 29, of the 200 block of Maple Leaf Drive in Rising Sun, was charged by Baltimore City Police early Sunday morning with second-degree assault and general prostitution.
The Baltimore Sun this morning reported that a “twice-convicted prostitute” alleged Gerres was among a group of men who flashed a police badge and asked her to come to a bachelor party. At the party, the woman was allegedly paid to perform a sex act, but then asked to return the money and told the “bills were marked.” A fight ensued and the woman ended up bloodied, crying and on the phone with Baltimore City Police – who arrived to find Gerres, with a fresh black eye, answering the door of the residence.
Gerres faces a charge for second-degree assault and a charge for allowing someone into a residence for prostitution. He also filed assault charges against the woman, Denise Lillian Rothwell, 47, of the 1400 block of Ward Street in Baltimore, who was charged with second-degree assault.
This incident apparently occured at the bachelor party for another member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office – Deputy First Class Scott Blankenship – although he doesn’t appear to have been charged with anything.
Blankenship was assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit and received an award from the Maryland Sheriff’s Association as Deputy of the Year in 2006 for his work with the Gang Suppression Unit during 2005.
Gerres and Rothwell both have trials set for 8:30 a.m. on October 9.
According to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office 2007 Annual Report, Gerres was awarded the agency’s Merit Commendation last year.
“Merit Commendation is awarded to Deputies who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner and displayed initiative, professionalism, or devotion to duty that is beyond the expectations of their normal duty assignment. It may also be awarded to those individuals whose performance increased the efficiency and/or effectiveness of the Sheriff’s Office as a result of a procedural recommendation or other meritorious professional accomplishment.”