Stepp faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 10 years, though he could serve less in exchange for cooperation. Stepp’s plea says proceeds of his drug sales went to officers including Det. Daniel Hersl, who is set to challenge charges against him at a trial beginning Jan. 22.
Stepp’s bail bonds company caused a stir in 2013 when it opened in downtown Towson, with a prominently displayed logo of a well-endowed female figure with a “D” written over each breast. Records show the business later relocated to Essex.
It is not clear how Stepp and Jenkins were acquainted, but both men lived in Eastern Baltimore County. According to Stepp’s plea, Jenkins would bring drugs to Stepp’s home after committing robberies, or left drugs in Stepp’s tool shed.
Stepp’s arrest was the apparent result of an unrelated investigation by Baltimore County authorities into his drug-dealing. He was indicted in December following a raid on his waterfront home in Middle River in which crack, cocaine, and heroin were recovered by police.
“D.S.” was revealed Friday afternoon to be Donald Stepp, a 51-year-old bail bondsman from Baltimore County. Stepp, busted in December after a county drug investigation led to a raid on his waterfront home, pleaded guilty to his role aiding Jenkins and dealing drugs.
Stepp will be sentenced in April.
Stepp is not the first non-police officer implicated in assisting the Gun Trace Task Force. Earlier, two men, David Rahim and Thomas Finnegan, pleaded guilty to helping Det. Jemell Rayam carry out a home invasion against South Baltimore business owners who Rayam had learned were in possession of a large amount of cash.