2 ex-sheriff's deputies sue former bossesANNAPOLIS -- Two...


December 07, 1992|By From Staff Reports

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ANNAPOLIS — 2 ex-sheriff's deputies sue former bosses

ANNAPOLIS -- Two former Anne Arundel County sheriff's deputies have filed an $800,000 suit alleging the county's former criminal justice coordinator and former sheriff conspired to fire them because the sheriff didn't like them.

Mark Gillen and John Moran, the deputies, allege that former Sheriff William R. Huggins was out to punish them after he learned Mr. Gillen had decided to oppose him in the 1990 primary election.

Mr. Gillen, 30, of the 100 block of Carvel Beach Road in Carvel Beach, and Mr. Moran, 29, of the 1000 block of Kings Road in Pasadena, eventually ran for sheriff, according to their attorney, Alan R. Legum.

The Circuit Court suit names as defendants Mr. Huggins, Francis J. Zylwitis, the former criminal justice coordinator for the county, and the county government.

The suit claims Mr. Gillen and Mr. Moran were assigned to serve warrants, only to lose their jobs when that responsibility was given to private contractors. Although two positions were open in the sheriff's department, the suit claims, Mr. Gillen and Mr. Moran were not hired to fill them.

"The point is they don't have the careers they wanted and that was to work in law enforcement in Anne Arundel County," Mr. Legum said. "It was a shell game and these men lost their jobs because they did nothing beyond what they were told to do."

Mr. Huggins, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, was defeated by Sheriff Robert G. Pepersack in the November 1990 election.

Mr. Zylwitis, who also has left county government, said the suit has "absolutely no basis" and that there was never any conspiracy to dismiss either deputy.

Carroll man arrested, charged with abuse



WESTMINSTER -- A 46-year-old Carroll County man was arrested Thursday night by state police after a one-day investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse.

Police said the man, whose name was not released, was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and child abuse.

He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Police would not divulge the age of the victim or any relationship to the accused man.

Westminster student charged after tipoff


WESTMINSTER -- A 17-year-old Westminster High School student, who the county's drug task force believes may have been selling marijuana, was arrested Friday afternoon in the school's parking lot.

The youth, whose name was not released, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, said State Police Sgt. John E. Burton, head of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force.

He said the youth's arrest was the result of two anonymous calls to the task force's tip line and an examination late Friday morning of the student's 1983 Toyota truck at the school by a drug-sniffing dog.

The youth was released into the custody of his parents. The school system's policy calls for an automatic five-day suspension for drugs or alcohol on school property.

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