On Friday, a Howard County jury convicted a Laurel man for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a Loyola University graduate, who was intoxicated at the time. The 57-year-old man took the student from Power Plant Live, a premier dining destination near Inner Harbor, to his apartment.
Edward Witherspoon faces up to 70 years behind bars, according to prosecutors. Last month, Witherspoon of the 8600 block of Eastern Morning Run was convicted of second-degree assault in a separate trial. A young woman accused him of sexual assault after he picked her up in Fells Point, prosecutors said.Prosecutors said a freshman student had celebrated her birthday with vodka shots prior to visiting the downtown area of Baltimore. She blacked out after becoming separated from her roommates, prosecutors said.
When the 20-year-old freshman student awoke, she was in Witherspoon’s bed. She testified that Witherspoon was performing oral sex on her. The next morning, he drove the student back to her dormitory – the university surveillance camera recorded her arrival, prosecutors said.
Witherspoon testified in his own defense, saying the student was inebriated, lost her balance and fell in the street, a licensed taxi driver refused to take her back to Loyola, so he offered her a ride.
It only took the jurors one hour to come back with a verdict. Witherspoon was convicted of second-and third-degree sex offenses, second-degree assault and kidnapping. His sentencing is scheduled for September.
Witherspoon faced an additional 10 years in prison for the 2015 attack, in which he was charged with second-degree assault after jurors deadlocked on sex offenses and rape charges.