COURT NEWS: Rape in parking lot of FOP Lodge Results in Former PGPD Officer Richard Tallant Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
UPPER MARLBORO, MD – A Prince George’s County judge sentenced 46-year-old Lt. Richard John Tallant, of Upper Marlboro, a Prince Georges County police officer, to a total sentence of ten years, suspending all but seven years, in prison for sexually assaulting a female police officer. Tallant was allowed to retire while he was under investigation.
“I am pleased that we were able to secure justice for this brave survivor of sexual assault. I hope that the courage she has demonstrated throughout this entire process inspires other women and men who find themselves in similar situations to come forward,” said State’s Attorney Alisha Braveboy. “My office is committed to seeking justice for all victims and survivors and will hold all abusers accountable, without regard to their profession. Victims of sexual assault, especially when a co-worker or supervisor is involved often choose to stay silent. The victim may feel that they won’t be believed or will be ostracized. I want all victims to know that my office will listen, we will make appropriate charging decisions and we will zealously pursue justice on their behalf because we are not afraid to stand up and fight for you.”
Upon release, Tallant will be on four years of supervised probation and a mandatory psychosexual evaluation. He is also sentenced to a lifetime of supervision on the sex offender registry.
FEMALE UNDER ATTACK WAS SAVED BY TWO OTHER OFFICERS
In the early morning hours of February 10, 2017, Tallant attacked the victim outside of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 89 in Upper Marlboro. Tallant tackled the victim to the ground, used his body to pin her down, and sexually assaulted her. The assault was interrupted by two other officers.
The Prince George’s Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD) immediately launched an investigation and suspended Tallant’s police powers after learning of the allegations in April of 2019. IAD brought the matter to the State’s Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges at the conclusion of their internal investigation.
After a separate investigation by the State’s Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, the case was presented to a grand jury, where Tallant was indicted.
Public Integrity Unit Chief Renee Joy and Assistant State’s Attorney John Grochowski successfully prosecuted this case in December of 2019.