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MSP Sergeant indicted for giving employee heads up that they were target of a search warrant

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 15:26:50-05

TOWSON, Md. — A Maryland State Police Sergeant has been charged, for giving a subordinate a heads up about a search warrant about to be served at their home.

On Tuesday a Wicomico County Grand Jury indicted Michael McComas for misconduct in office.

McComas allegedly tipped off a Maryland State Police civilian employee that they were the target of the upcoming warrant.

Prosecutors allege the tip gave the employee time to remove items from their home, that could have been collected as evidence.

“It is imperative that law enforcement officers, who take an oath to uphold the law, are held accountable when they violate the law, especially when it relates to disclosing confidential information to the target of an investigation,” said Kelly B. Madigan, Acting State Prosecutor.

Maryland State Police say McComas has been with the agency since 2004, and is currently assigned to the Motor Vehicle Division.

He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case.