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2 Prince George's County officers to plead guilty to assault

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Two Prince George's County police officers scheduled to go on trial next week in an off-duty kidnapping case have agreed to plead guilty to assault, FOX 5 has learned.

Both officers were indicted last June in Charles County where they were accused of abducting two teenagers and holding them against their will, apparently in an effort to teach them a lesson.

Officers Michael Rowe and Christopher Perry were facing kidnapping charges until they agreed to plead guilty to a charge of second-degree assault.

The deal came together in December and the two men are scheduled to accept the deal and be sentenced next Tuesday in Charles County Circuit Court in La Plata.

FOX 5 obtained a letter sent to the parents of one of the teens who was held against his will. It arrived just before Christmas and says Perry and Rowe had agreed to plead guilty to second-degree assault and their son had the right to address the court at sentencing.

On Friday morning, we spoke by phone with Billy Anderson, the father of the 16-year-old who says he was handcuffed, beaten and driven around in a marked Prince George's County police cruiser.

"Once I received the letter, I was very surprised the officers admitted what ‘J L' said took place," said Anderson. "‘J L' is very scared, he is nervous, sometimes can't sleep at night. Sometimes wakes up at night in cold sweats from nightmares and flashbacks."

Last June, Anderson and his son, who we agreed to call "J L," showed us where the officers took the teen and ordered him to walk down a dirt road and place his chin on a fence before driving away.

FOX 5's Paul Wagner had this conversation with "J L" about the incident.

Wagner: "The officers never said anything about why they were detaining you?"

"J L": "No sir."

Wagner: "And when you got here and you were told to walk forward, what were you thinking?"

"J L": "I didn't know if he was going to hit me in the back of the head again. I was thinking he was going to shoot me. I was thinking he was going to taze me. There was so much stuff going through my head."

"J L" says the off-duty officers came after he and two of his friends left a Memorial Day party at a house in Waldorf.

The teen says the owner of the house accused them of stealing alcohol. "J L" denies it.

"J L" says he was tackled and handcuffed with another friend before the friend slipped out of his cuffs and got away.

When the indictment was announced, Prince George's County Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis made this statement:

"Prince George's County police department is committed to ethical and professional policing both off duty and on duty and we have very high expectations of our officers conduct when they are wearing the uniform and when they are not wearing the uniform."

On Tuesday in court, Anderson says he wants to hear an apology from the officers and see them punished for what they did to his son.

Calls to the attorneys for officers Rowe and Perry were not returned.

The state's attorney also didn't return a call seeking comment.

Rowe and Perry are both on administrative leave with pay. Their police powers have been revoked.


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