Man Accused of Raping Fellow Marine Denied Bond in Virginia


A Stafford County man accused of raping a fellow Marine was denied bond Tuesday after a prosecutor claimed he has a history of inappropriate behavior with women.

Michael Andrew Maldini, 37, a former Marine and police officer, was in Stafford Circuit Court seeking to be released from jail pending a trial on charges that include rape, attempted sodomy and aggravated sexual battery.

The charges stem from a February incident at his home on Holmes Street in central Stafford in which a 20-year-old woman claims she was raped. Maldini has claimed through his attorney that the sex was consensual.

Defense attorney Price Koch mentioned Maldini's 17 years in the Marine Corps and his multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in arguing for bond. He said that Maldini, who reached the rank of gunnery sergeant, would live locally with his girlfriend and was not a threat to flee.

Prosecutor George Elsasser called Maldini a "sexual predator" who was a danger to the community and a threat to flee. Elsasser noted that Maldini's mother lives in Italy.

Elsasser also presented evidence showing that while working as an Arlington police officer under the name Michele Florio, Maldini was accused of improperly touching several female officers.

He was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of assault and battery in 2007. He got a suspended sentence and lost his job.

He remained in the Marine Corps Reserves up until this year, Elsasser said. The prosecutor said he didn't know if the military was aware of the misdemeanor convictions.

Before joining the Arlington force in 2005, Elsasser told Judge Michael Levy, Maldini was nearly hired by the Fairfax County Police Department.

He said the Fairfax department decided not to hire him after he made inappropriate advances toward women involved in his pre-employment physical.

Maldini legally changed his name in 2009.

According to evidence presented regarding the current case, Maldini's reserve unit was having a weekend drill at Quantico when a pregnant Marine began feeling poorly. Maldini agreed to drive her to Stafford Hospital, and his accuser was sent to accompany them.

While the pregnant woman was being treated, Maldini took the other woman to get something to eat. He later took her to his home under the pretense of tending to his new puppy.

Court records say the woman alleged that Maldini gave her two shots of vodka before he started touching the lower part of her back. She told police that when she resisted his advances, he forced her onto a bed and raped her.

A jury trial is set for Nov. 2 in Stafford Circuit Court.

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