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Martique Vanderpool Receives Maximum Sentence for Having Sex with Victim While in Custody

UPPER MARLBORO, MD (February 15, 2023) – Martique Vanderpool, age 33, a former Fairmount Heights police officer, was sentenced to the maximum penalty of three years, with credit for time served, for having sex with an individual who was in his custody. Vanderpool was found guilty of that offense after a jury trial in January 2023.

On September 6, 2019, while on duty, Vanderpool took a female victim into custody during a traffic stop and had intercourse with her after he, and another officer, transported the victim to the Fairmont Heights police station.

“Initially, Mr. Vanderpool was also charged with first and second degree rape. Unfortunately, the jury did not agree with all of the charges, and we respect their decision. However, our job is to hold offenders accountable, regardless of their profession, to the best of our ability and to seek justice on behalf of our victims. And that is what we did in this case,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy. “I am very proud of this brave victim for coming forward and having the courage to share her truth. I hope that this young victim can move forward in her healing process. My office will remain supportive with any resources or services as needed.”

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