By Aaron C. Davis
An off-duty Prince George’s County police officer was charged Wednesday with taking sexually explicit photographs of a woman without her consent, a sex crime under Maryland law.
If convicted, Cpl. Christopher Adams, a seven-year veteran of the county’s police force, could face jail time and be listed on the state’s sex-offender registry.
County police released few details of the incident, saying the woman contacted police and the department launched an immediate investigation. Police said the incident occurred March 17 at a hotel, and the victim was an acquaintance of Adams.
He has been suspended with pay from the department, police said.
Adams faces three counts of visual surveillance with prurient intent, and each carries a maximum possible penalty of one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
According to Maryland criminal code, the charge typically involves taking pictures of “the private area of an individual by use of a camera without the consent of the individual under circumstances in which a reasonable person would believe that the private area of the individual would not be visible to the public, regardless of whether the individual is in a public or private place.”
Adams also faces a second-degree assault charge in connection with the picture taking.