Arundel fire official faces trial in sex case

Odenton man arrested last month in Baltimore

July 13, 2005|By Gus G. Sentementes and Annie Linskey | Gus G. Sentementes and Annie Linskey,SUN STAFF

The president of the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company faces an October trial after his arrest last month in Baltimore on a charge that he performed a sex act with an 18-year-old man in a truck, court charging documents show.

Louis A. D'Camera, 41, of Odenton was arrested about 10:30 p.m. June 24 in the 1500 block of S. Haven St. Police said in court documents that they witnessed a sex act in a sport utility vehicle parked in Canton's industrial area. Police charged D'Camera with indecent exposure.

The other suspect, Charles O. Delawder of the 100 block of S. Curley St. in Canton, was charged with perverted practice. Both men were released on their own recognizance the next day.

As a result of the charge, the Anne Arundel Fire Department has begun its own investigation, according to Chief Frank R. Stamm, a department spokesman. Stamm said the department was made aware of D'Camera's arrest shortly after the incident occurred.

D'Camera has been active in firefighting in Anne Arundel County for more than two decades. He holds a paid position in the county Fire Department as quartermaster, overseeing equipment and supplies.

Stamm said D'Camera remained on the job at the department because he held an administrative function that entailed "very limited contact" with the public.

In addition to being president of the Odenton volunteer company's board, he serves as one of its two assistant fire chiefs. He is also a board member of the Maryland State Firemen's Association, according to its Internet site.

Reached at work yesterday, D'Camera declined to comment and referred questions to his attorney, Peter S. O'Neill, of Glen Burnie.

"My client intends to plead not guilty because he isn't guilty," said O'Neill. "Our position is that he's innocent, ... and we hope that they [the prosecution] won't proceed with the case."

"We feel that we have a very strong defense," O'Neill said.

Delawder, the other suspect, could not be reached to comment.

D'Camera requested a leave of absence from the Odenton volunteer company about two weeks ago, said Robert L. Rose, a spokesman for the company.

"His service to the fire company has been outstanding," Rose said. Last year, D'Camera was made a "lifetime member" of the company, an honor reserved for volunteers who have been with the company for 25 years, Rose said.

The trial is scheduled Oct. 5.

Sun staff writer Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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