Anne Arundel County Police detective facing several misconduct and sex offense charges

ANNE ARUNDEL CO., MD -- A detective with the Anne Arundel County Police Department was arrested and charged with several misconduct in office and sex offenses.

Brian Houseman, a 13-year veteran of the department, was arrested Tuesday and charged with fourth degree sex offense, second degree assault, two counts of prostitution, four counts of misconduct in office, and extortion by a government employee.

"This is a violation of public trust. It is a betrayal of the values of not only the Anne Arundel County Police Department, but of the policing profession in general," said Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Marc Limansky.

Limanksy said detectives launched their investigation when, on Monday, April 24, 2017, they were interviewing a woman for a separate criminal investigation. During the interview, she claimed that during an investigation unrelated to this one, she had been sexually assaulted and harassed by a county police officer.

Police said the woman claimed that Houseman was investigating an unrelated case involving her in November 2016. In the weeks during and following the investigation, she claimed Houseman made unwanted advances towards her and texted her pictures of his genitals.

"He had also extorted sex from the initial victim in exchange for, or for the promise of, helping her out with a friend of hers by promising her some special treatment," added Limansky.

When police began looking into this complaint, they said they discovered three more incidents involving Houseman.

Limansky said that twice this year, Houseman is accused of soliciting prostitution while on duty. He added that in February 2017, Houseman was assigned to investigate a stalking complaint and that during the investigation, Houseman sent inappropriate sexual text messages to the female suspect.

Since the investigation began, Houseman's police powers were suspended and he was assigned to administrative duties. Limansky said Houseman will continue with this status until the criminal and internal investigations have been completed.