December 22, 2017: Daniel E. Gosnell, Lieutenant with the Aberdeen Police Department, Pleads Guilty to Misconduct in Office and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
For Immediate Release
DANIEL E. GOSNELL, LIEUTENANT WITH THE ABERDEEN POLICE DEPARTMENT, PLEADS GUILTY TO MISCONDUCT IN OFFICE AND POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt announced today that Lieutenant Daniel E. Gosnell, 38, an eighteen (18) year veteran of the Aberdeen Police Department, pleaded guilty in the Circuit Court for Harford County to misconduct in office and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The Honorable Court Barbara K. Howe sentenced Lt. Gosnell to ten years’ incarceration all suspended in favor of three years supervised probation. In addition, the Court order Lt. Gosnell to continue in drug treatment and perform 200 hours of community service.
From a statement of facts read into the record, the court learned that, between February of 2016 and August of 2017, Lt. Gosnell repeatedly stole and consumed various controlled dangerous substances to include oxycontin, oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl and cocaine from a citizen prescription drop box maintained by the Aberdeen Police Department and from the police department CDS evidence locker room. (see Statement of Facts). This matter was referred to the Office of the State Prosecutor by the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office and investigated by the Maryland State Police.
State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt stated: “Police Officers take an oath to uphold the law and actions and behavior in violation of that oath and the public trust are intolerable.” The State Prosecutor thanked the Maryland State Police for their investigation of this case.