Psychologist charged with child abuse, sex offense in incident with ex-patient

Girl makes accusation against Towson man

September 14, 1999|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

A 57-year-old Towson psychologist has been charged with a third-degree sex offense and child abuse in an incident involving a former patient who was 7 years old at the time, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Leslie Peter Mandell of the 900 block of Starbit Road was released on a personal pledge with bail set at $25,000. Mandell was arrested Friday after officers served a search warrant at his office and home on Starbit Road.

Police recently learned of the allegation after the child, whose name was not released, told her mother about an incident that occurred between 1992 and 1994.

The child, now 14, "was having behavioral problems recently, and that's what [started] this conversation between her and her mom," said police spokeswoman Cpl. Vickie Warehime. "The child was unable to determine when exactly this incident happened.

"Our concern is that other victims of sexual abuse might be too afraid to step forward and tell the police," Warehime said. "We're looking for anyone else who might have information or experienced something similar to call us."

Efforts to reach Mandell yesterday at his office and home were unsuccessful.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department's Family Crimes Unit at 410-853-3650.

Pub Date: 9/14/99

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