Summer camp recruiter pleads guilty to abuse

December 18, 1991|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

An article in The Sun yesterday on the conviction and sentencing of Scott Greenberg, of Copperbend Lane, incorrectly said that he pleaded guilty Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to a fourth-degree sex offense against a 9-year-old boy on June 16. Greenberg, 33, pleaded not guilty. However, his plea was entered as part of an agreement in which the prosecutor recited the state's case to Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., who found it sufficient for conviction. The judge then sentenced Greenberg to probation and to continue psychiatric counseling, both provisions of the agreement. Judge Murphy added the condition that Greenberg is not to be alone with anyone 15 or younger.

+ The Sun regrets the errors.

A 33-year-old recruiter for his parents' summer camps pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday to molesting a boy after offering to calm the child's fears about going to camp for the first time.

Scott Greenberg of the 6900 block of Copperbend Lane, Summit Ridge, was found guilty of a fourth-degree sex offense. According the prosecutor's account, Greenberg took the boy home with him on June 16, got into a hot tub and shower with the child, washed the child's private parts and carried the boy wrapped in a towel to his bedroom, while saying, "I love you. Do you love me?"

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Greenberg then took the boy to Hunt Valley Mall and bought him a $35 model boat, the prosecutor said.

Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. found Greenberg guilty after both sides agreed to proceed on Assistant State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger's recital of the state's case.

Although Greenberg could have received a year in prison, Judge Murphy agreed to impose probation, with the condition that he continue psychiatric counseling and that he have no contact with children 15 or younger without supervision.

Greenberg is listed as a director, with his parents, of Camp Timber Ridge in the Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia.

The family declined to comment after the sentencing.

The boy's father, who attended the trial with his son and other relatives, said, "I'm glad he won't be around children for a while."

The boy's parents said Greenberg first visited their home in October 1990 and they told him they thought camp would be good for their son, then 9, who had a learning disability and was receiving counseling for trauma from an automobile accident last winter. Greenberg suggested taking the boy out for lunch and to shop for camp supplies to ease "his adjustment to a brand-new environment," the parents said in a written statement. Then Greenberg used the information they had given him to take advantage of the boy, the parents said.

A charge of third-degree sexual offense, a felony that carries a 10-year maximum, was dropped as part of the plea bargain, Mr. Shellenberger said.

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