Paramedic arrested on child sex charges

CRIME WATCH

August 19, 2006|By ANNIE LINSKEY | ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER

A 49-year-old Baltimore man who works as a paramedic for a private ambulance company was charged this week with soliciting sex from a minor over the Internet in Pennsylvania and is scheduled to have preliminary hearing before a district court judge Monday.

Scott Richard Brown, 49, of York, Pa. was arrested at a train station in North Hills, Pa., after authorities said he exchanged lurid e-mail messages and pornographic pictures with a person he believed to be a 12-year-old girl named Patty. Police said "Patty" was a male undercover agent with the Pennsylvania attorney general's child predator unit.

Brown was charged with two counts of unlawful contract with a minor and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

He was being held at the Montgomery County, Pa., jail in lieu of $25,000 bail, said Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general's office. Brown is married with three children, Nils Hagen-Frederiksen said.

Brown works as a paramedic for Lifestar Response Ambulance in Halethorpe, Hagen-Frederiksen said. Danny Platt, the president of Lifestar Response, declined to comment yesterday.

According to a police complaint, Brown reviewed "Patty's" online profile -- which identified her as a 12-year-old student -- and contacted her on Aug. 8 in a Yahoo chat room. He wrote "you sound yummy," police said.

Brown e-mailed "Patty" a photo of himself in a paramedics uniform, and then sent her two naked photos of himself, police said. In online conversations he asked about her sexual experience and discussed sex acts, police said.

In an online conversation, Brown arranged to meet "Patty" at the train station at noon Tuesday. He wrote that he "cant come when your parents are home I guess," according to police papers.

Brown suggested the pair "go for a drive and talk, maybe answer some of your questions about men and what they like," according to police papers.

Brown was arrested at the train station. He was three hours late for his rendezvous because of an unexpected emergency -- he had to help transport a sick person to a hospital in Baltimore, Hagen-Frederiksen said.

annie.linskey@baltsun.com

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