Calvert Man Sentenced To One Year After Sexually Assaulting Wife
CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD – On April 16, 2022, at approximately 2:49 a.m., Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Detective Wyatt McDowell was dispatched to 3615 Glouster Drive in North Beach for a reported sexual assault.
According to McDowell’s official statement, Edgar Benoy Brown and his wife were at their neighbor’s house for a social gathering the night before and were both consuming alcohol. When they got home, Brown’s wife went to bed until Brown woke her while he was allegedly performing sexual acts without her consent. Brown also recorded the incident on his wife’s cell phone.
Brown’s wife repeatedly urged him to quit, to no avail, and allegedly slapped Brown in the face multiple times to get him to quit. The woman eventually escaped Brown and ran to the bathroom. The woman said Brown tried to enter the bathroom, but to no avail.
Later, a friend of Brown’s wife picked her up and took her to the Glouster residence.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, a Calvert County deputy was dispatched to conduct a welfare inspection for a male subject observed in the swamp. Law enforcement and emergency services later identified the male subject as Edgar Brown.
Brown informed the deputy that he was attempting suicide.
On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Brown voluntarily arrived at the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office after Detective McDowell requested to interview him. When told why he was asked to come to the sheriff’s office, Brown explained that he failed to contact his wife and did whatever she asked of him. Brown was then placed under arrest and granted a restraining order in which his wife was the listed petitioner. Brown was then transferred to the Calvert County Detention Center.
He was released later in the day after posting $5,000 bail.
Brown was later charged with second-degree rape, third-degree sexual assault, and fourth-degree and second-degree assault. Brown later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual assault.
According to court documents, on Jan. 30, 2023, Brown was sentenced to one year in prison and three years of supervised probation. Brown was also required to register as a Level 1 sex offender.
The felony charge was dismissed under Maryland’s Spousal Protection Act, which states that a married person who is unable to work is considered a consenting party to have sexual contact with their spouse.
A bill called the Love is No Defense to Sexual Crimes Act, SB0250, is currently in House and has been brought up to the Conference Committee. If passed, it would then be sent to the governor.
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