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Maryland State Police sergeant reinstated

September 02, 2010

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A Maryland State Police sergeant who was suspended without pay after an incident involving a former girlfriend has been reinstated, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Sgt. Timothy J. McKenrick, 45, has had his police powers reinstated and was back on the job, spokeswoman Elena Russo said. McKenrick's attorney, D. Benson Thompson III, said McKenrick learned Tuesday night of the reinstatement.

McKenrick, a 22-year veteran of the state police, was suspended after former girlfriend Sarah E. Britton, 29, filed a private criminal complaint against him alleging he threatened her with a handgun in an Aug. 6 incident at his home northwest of Hagerstown. McKenrick later filed his own private criminal complaint against Britton, alleging she illegally entered his house.

Britton sought charges against McKenrick of first- and second-degree assault, and he sought charges against her of with third- and fourth-degree burglary, trespassing and second-degree assault, court documents show.

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Britton and McKenrick appeared Monday in Washington County District Court, where all charges were dismissed.

McKenrick was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal charges and an administrative investigation, a state police spokesman said last week. On Tuesday, the spokesman said McKenrick's status had been changed to suspended with pay after the charges were dismissed.

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