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Takoma Park police officer sentenced to probation for sexual assault

Man pleaded guilty in May to assaulting a 17-year-old girl

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A Takoma Park police officer who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a minor last year was sentenced to three years of supervised probation on Thursday.

Eric Napolean Mueller, 42, of Gaithersburg, sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl on Nov. 22, according to a press release from the Montgomery County state’s attorney’s office.

The sexual assault was reported to the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division the next day, according to the state’s attorney’s office.

In December, Mueller was charged with one count each of sexual abuse of a minor and fourth-degree sexual offense.

Mueller pleaded guilty on May 20 to three counts of fourth-degree sexual offense.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell sentenced Mueller to three years of supervised probation on Thursday, according to the press release. Conditions of his sentencing included:

  • Not having contact with the victim
  • Entering a sex offender treatment program
  • Registering as a sex offender for 15 years

Mueller has been with the department for almost 20 years, city spokeswoman Cathy Plevy told Bethesda Beat in December.

As of Thursday evening, Mueller was not listed in the city’s staff directory.

Charles Hoetzel, an attorney for Mueller, could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday evening.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com