CAMBRIDGE — A January 2021 jury trial has been set for Darius Tilghman, the former Talbot deputy accused of sexually assaulting a woman and threatening her with his service handgun earlier this year.
Tilghman’s jury trial is scheduled to span three days from Jan. 12 through 14, with each day beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Dorchester Circuit Court, according to court records. Tilghman also is expected to appear for a pretrial conference at 1:45 p.m. on Jan. 11.
The former deputy, whose employment with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office was terminated in June in response to the assault allegations against him and a related court order barring him from carrying a firearm, currently is on house arrest at his home in Hurlock.
Dorchester Circuit Judge Brett Wilson granted Tilghman pretrial release on July 29 after Tilghman spent more than three months held without bond at the Dorchester County Detention Center.
Tilghman is facing one felony charge of first-degree assault and several misdemeanors, including two counts of second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun during a violent crime.
The charges, as previously reported in The Dorchester Star, stem from a report Tilghman’s then-romantic partner filed with police that alleges Tilghman on Jan. 19 strangled her with a fabric headband, pulled her pants down and then threatened her with his service handgun while he was off duty and the two were at his home.
The 29-year-old woman also reported two other incidents to police she said occurred in April that involved Tilghman allegedly threatening her with a gun, wrapping his hands around her neck and pushing her off the steps of his home, causing scrapes and abrasions to her hand and elbow.
Tilghman’s accuser is separately facing charges in connection with the same April incident. The woman is accused of burglarizing Tilghman’s home and also is expected to face a jury trial in January 2021.
She is charged with third- and fourth-degree burglary and malicious destruction of property valued at less than $1,000 for allegedly breaking into Tilghman’s home on April 6 and pouring bleach on his clothes while he was not there, according to a police report.
Police said the woman confessed to entering Tilghman’s home uninvited through a broken window, which she reportedly told police she had broken during an earlier incident.
The 29-year-old, who was released from jail to GPS monitoring in April, is slated to appear for a two-day jury trial in the burglary case against her at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 6 and 7, according to court records.