WESTMINSTER — A former Taneytown man was found guilty yesterday in Carroll CircuitCourt of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy.
The name of the man -- who is related to the boy -- is being withheld to protect the victim's identity.
The man was convicted by Carroll Circuit Judge Frances M. Arnold of a second-degree sexual offense that police said occurred in March.
According to a statement of facts read by Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III, the man was staying at the boy's home when he went into the boy's room and got into bed with him.
Walker saidthe man began fondling the boy and talking to him about sex.
The man also tried to sodomize the boy, Walker said.
The man told the boy not to tell anyone about the incident because they both would getin trouble, Walker said.
Walker said the state would recommend the man receive a 10-year sentence for the assault, with all but two years suspended.
Sentencing in the case was set for Feb. 18.
TRUCK DRIVER RECOVERS
WESTMINSTER -- A Baltimore sanitation truck driver was discharged from the hospital late Monday after a single-vehicle crash on Route 31 Monday morning.
Westminster City Police said the accident occurred at 8:31 a.m. at the intersection of Route 31 and Uniontown Road.
Police Cpl. Rick May said Antonio Mazos, 48, of Baltimore was driving a six-wheeled Eastern Waste Industries truck southbound on Route 31 when the accident occurred.
May said police investigators believe Mazos failed to stop in time for a red light at Uniontown Road.
May said the truck slid into the intersection when Mazos applied the brakes to avoid hitting vehicles traveling on Uniontown Road.
The truck went over an embankment on the right side of theroad and flipped over on to its right side.
Rescue workers had toget Mazos out of the truck via the front windshield, May said.
Mazos was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by state police helicopter, May said.
State police investigators examined the truck and did not find any equipment violations or failures, May said.
City accident investigator Cpl. Pat Bassler said he believed Mazos escaped more serious injury because he was wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.
WMC HIRES RECOVERS
WESTMINSTER --Michael N. Webster, former assistant director of public safety at Emerson College in Boston, took over as campus safety director at Western Maryland College Thursday.
A certified protection professional,Webster began serving as assistant director at Emerson in 1986.
For three years before that, he was campus police operations supervisor at Boston's Wentworth Institute of Technology. A native of Norwich,Conn., and a graduate of Northeastern University, Webster has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and has served as an academy instructor in the training of campus safety personnel.
He also has attained the nationally recognized CPP designation (held by only 3,000 security practitioners worldwide) as well as licensing as an emergency medical technician.
Frank Lamas, associate dean of student affairs at WMC and Webster's immediate supervisor, said the new safety chief "brings extensive knowledge and background in coordinating and administering the activities of a campus safety department and has been very involved in working with and serving the unique needs of a college campus. His strong interpersonal skills and educational programs haveearned him high marks with students."
Temporary residents of New Windsor, he and his wife, Jane, plan to find a permanent home in central Maryland in January.