False statement brings term

CRIME WATCH

March 10, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A former state worker accused of having sex with the disabled clients he was supposed to be advising was sentenced in Baltimore's federal court yesterday for giving a false statement to investigators. U.S. District Judge Andre M. Davis sentenced Leroy Darnell Banks, 54, of Cambridge, to five months of home detention on electronic monitoring followed by two years of supervised release for tampering with a witness. Banks formerly supervised the work of mentally disabled clients at the Eastern Shore Sheltered Workshop, a state-operated agency, according to the statement of facts presented at his guilty plea Dec. 9. In 2003, several female clients alleged that Banks had sexually assaulted them, court papers say. The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began investigating. Court papers say the Dorchester Sheriff's Office interviewed Banks on Oct. 13, 2003, and he later admitted that he gave false information that he did not have sex with anyone at the workshop. In court, Banks claimed the sex with his clients was consensual, according to federal prosecutors.

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