Ex-police sergeant's sex abuse case put on hold

January 06, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

Former Sykesville Police Sgt. Alphonso Rudalphes Griffin, indicted in June on child sexual abuse charges, will "be able to get on with his life" now that prosecutors have placed his case on the inactive court docket, his attorney said yesterday.

"He was happy to have this put behind him; he's interested in keeping an even keel," Westminster defense attorney Colleen S. Clemente said after Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. agreed to indefinitely postponing Mr. Griffin's case. "He is going to be able to get on with his life."

Mr. Griffin, 37, was a Sykesville police officer for 14 years before he resigned in May in the wake of the sex-abuse investigation. A longtime resident of the South Carroll town, he now rents a room at a motel on Pulaski Highway in Baltimore. He is a security guard at a Catonsville restaurant.

The three-count indictment accused Mr. Griffin of molesting a girl, now 17, from the time she was 12 until January 1991. The indictment said Mr. Griffin performed sex acts and engaged in sexually explicit talk with the girl on many occasions.

Mr. Griffin was prepared to have his case heard before a Carroll jury yesterday, Ms. Clemente said.

Yesterday's action places the case on hold. For a year, either Mr. Griffin or prosecutors may ask that the case be tried before a judge or jury. After that, the case may be called only for "just cause." That usually means the case won't be called unless the defendant is accused of another similar crime or if he violates conditions placed on him by the judge.

Judge Beck ordered Mr. Griffin to continue counseling and to refrain from contacting the accuser.

Frederick Assistant State's Attorney Steven Meyers, who prosecuted the case, could not be reached for comment on why the case was moved to the inactive docket. A court official said the accuser had decided not to testify against Mr. Griffin.

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