City/county Digest


July 18, 2006

Harford man gets 30 years in child sex video case

A 45-year-old Harford County man who produced videotapes of himself having sex with a 5-year-old girl was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison yesterday and will have to remain on supervised release for the rest of his life.

Brian Edward Dotson, 45, of Bel Air pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography and possession of child pornography.

"Today's conviction and sentence emphasizes the importance the FBI places on investigations relating to the victimization of children," said William D. Chase, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Baltimore field office.

According to the plea agreement presented to the court, Dotson produced four videotapes in 2005 of himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with the young girl, who was in Dotson's care.

On Sept. 23, 2005, Dotson pawned the Sony laptop computer at a shop in Edgewood for $150. The pawnshop owner shipped the computer to his brother, who found the child pornography. It was subsequently reported to U.S. authorities.

Dotson has also agreed to plead guilty to separate rape charges in Harford County Circuit Court in return for a sentence of 35 years to run concurrently with the federal sentence.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore: Meat recall

Company says beef might be tainted

A Baltimore firm is voluntarily recalling 315 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with E. coli, the USDA said yesterday. George G. Ruppersberger & Sons Inc. processed the ground beef July 13 and distributed it to restaurants and institutions in Baltimore, the Agriculture Department said. The products subject to recall are 10-pound packages of ground beef. Each package bears the establishment number "Est. 5931" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and the package code "627963." The problem was found during routing testing by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. There have been no reports of illness associated with the product. E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause diarrhea and dehydration.

Associated Press

Notre Dame

College plans event for transfer students

The College of Notre Dame is planning an undergraduate transfer day Thursday on the college campus, 4701 N. Charles St. Sessions will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Prospective students interested in the college are invited to attend, and those who bring completed applications -- including transcripts and a writing sample -- can receive an admissions decision during the event. Information or to make a reservation: 410-532-5330, or

Support group

Women coping with infertility

Women coping with infertility are invited to participate in a support group offered by Casey Family Services in Baltimore. The group meets from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. the fourth Saturday of the month at the nonprofit's offices at 25 N. Caroline St. Information: 443-864-1032. or

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