Scouting assistant released on bond in child abuse case

April 17, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An assistant Scoutmaster was released yesterday evening on $50,000 bond after a weekend in jail, charged with molesting a member of Boy Scout Troop 447, which he helps run in Linthicum.

Matthew B. Showalter, 24, of Glen Burnie, was arrested on Friday, nine days after county police learned of the abuse complaint. The boy's mother told the Department of Social Services that her son had been inappropriately touched at a Boy Scout meeting, sometime during the last week of March, according to police.

The troop meets at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church.

According to police, the victim said that on more than one occasion, he was told to leave the area where the Scouts were meeting, and go to an area away from everyone else where he had to undress and was touched or spanked before being allowed to return.

A backpack that contained items Showalter allegedly used was described by the boy and found when police searched the man's home last week. He was charged with child abuse, second- and fourth-degree sex offense, and second-degree assault.

Showalter could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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