The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Prince George’s County police officer Tuesday on 16 counts of rape and sexual assault of a minor.
The alleged abuse began in 2008 when the victim was 13 years old and continued through last year.
The Prince George’s County Police Department suspended Lt. John Warhurst, 42, upon learning of the allegations and is cooperating with the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
The victim is a relative of Warhurst's wife, Aimee Warhurst, 34, who also is accused of participating in the sexual relationship. She turned herself in to the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Wednesday night and is charged with the same offenses as her husband.
According to charging documents, the defendant’s wife sent a text to the victim saying, “You know I love you and would do anything for you. We actually both care about you. I need you to understand that (if) you or [name protected] ever say anything I will have a more severe punishment than John because we are related. I could go to jail for the rest of my life. Please think about that…”
John Warhurst is a 21-year veteran of the police force.
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