Baltimore County prosecutors are throwing out harassment charges filed against a Baltimore Police commander, with her attorney saying the claims were fabricated.

Maj. Jennifer McGrath was charged in late November after a woman filled out a sworn application saying McGrath had sent her threatening messages, boasting that as a police commander she was untouchable and purportedly saying: “I could make you disappear if I wanted to.”

Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said his office dropped the case because they did not believe they had “sufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the source of the communications.”

Defense attorney Chaz Ball said “all evidence suggests that this entire case was fabricated [by] Major McGrath’s partner’s ex-wife in an attempt to harass them.”

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Ball said the last trial date was postponed in order to determine the IP address used to subscribe to the Google number the text messages came from.

“I stated, intentionally within earshot of the alleged victim, that it was my belief that the review of the IP address data would prove that this matter was frivolous,” Ball wrote. “In response, she stood up in open Court and said she wanted the charges dismissed. She then went to TikTok and in since deleted videos indicated she was concerned that the evidence would show it came from her.”

McGrath, a 22-year veteran, was promoted from captain to major of the Southwestern District nine days after the charges were filed. Police officials said at the time that the matter was under investigation and McGrath was on pre-approved leave, but she has since returned to leading the district, the Police Department’s chief spokesman Lindsey Eldridge said Wednesday. Eldridge said an internal investigation of the allegations remains open, though Ball said his client had been cleared in that probe, too.

Fox Baltimore, which first reported that the charges had been filed and questioned her promotion, interviewed the woman who filed the charges, identified in electronic court records as Madolyn Parker. She told Fox at the time that she did not feel safe and that the alleged messages “sen[t] chills down my spine.”

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“Im a Captain no one is going to believe you,” read one of the purported messages. “I’ve already contacted my connections at internal affairs to let them know to throw your complaint out. I am powerful, established, unlike you. You’re a homeless whore.”

Attempts to reach Parker on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Justin Fenton is an investigative reporter for the Baltimore Banner. He previously spent 17 years at the Baltimore Sun, covering the criminal justice system. His book, "We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption," was released by Random House in 2021 and became an HBO miniseries.

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