Deputy Charged with Misconduct in Office
(Harford County, MD) — A Harford County Sheriff’s deputy, under investigation for allegedly acting improperly toward an adult female motorist he had stopped for a traffic violation, has been criminally charged with misconduct in office. Robert William Lutter, 35, a three-year member of the Sheriff’s Office, was charged earlier this week, via Criminal Information by the State’s Attorney, with misconduct in office. Lutter will be required to report at a later date to the Harford County Detention Center to be formerly processed. His trial date is pending.
Lutter, who resigned in the wake of the investigation from the Sheriff’s Office on March 1, 2005, was accused of inappropriate conduct towards a female motorist during a traffic stop in the early morning hours of November 15, 2004. The victim told her family who in turn reported the incident to the Internal Affairs Unit of the Sheriff’s Office. Shortly thereafter, Lutter was suspended with pay and his police powers removed. As the internal investigation began, investigators determined that the offense alleged might have violated Maryland’s Criminal Code. A separate investigation was begun by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division in conjunction with the Harford County States Attorney’s Office. As a result of that investigation it was determined Lutter had violated Maryland law and was subsequently charged.
“I am very dismayed at the actions and conduct of this deputy,” said Sheriff R. Thomas Golding. “People place their trust in the men and women of this profession and for this or any police officer to violate that trust is unacceptable and it unnecessarily tarnishes the reputation of those officers that work hard every day to protect our community,” he said. “While I am very disappointed we had a deputy conduct himself in such an egregious manner, I am pleased the investigation uncovered his wrongdoing and he will no longer serve this or any other jurisdiction as a law enforcement officer,” the Sheriff concluded.
Misconduct in office is a Common Law misdemeanor offense and penalties are at the discretion of the presiding Judge.