Havre de Grace councilman now faces civil suit Businessman also awaits trial on criminal charges

February 28, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A civil suit has been filed against a Havre de Grace councilman indicted last November on charges of molesting a minor 19 years ago.

The suit was filed Monday against Charles A. Maslin III, 39, by a man who alleges the councilman abused him during incidents that occurred in 1978 and 1982. The Sun's policy is not to name victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Maslin already is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual offense, one count of third-degree sexual offense and one count of child abuse. He declined to comment on the suit yesterday.

According to the civil complaint, which was filed in Harford County Circuit Court, the alleged victim last May accompanied Maslin from his Ice Dreams ice cream parlor in Havre de Grace to Maslin's home.

Once there, the man said, Maslin restrained him and "tried to kiss and perform other sexual acts" on him.

The suit accuses Maslin of one count each of battery, false impris- onment, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. John E. Kelly, attorney for the alleged victim, said his client is requesting $100,000 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages for each of the counts.

"My client was again accosted by Mr. Maslin and as a result is seeking damages," Kelly said of his client, who he described as in his late 20s now. "He's emotionally upset about what occurred, but seems to be doing well under the circumstances."

Maslin is scheduled to go on trial on the criminal charges March 19.

Pub Date: 2/28/97

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