Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

November 30, 2006

Sex with minor nets probation

A Westminster mother of three received five years' probation after being convicted of having sex with one minor and giving alcohol to two other minors, according to court documents and the Carroll County state's attorney's office.

Melissa Lynn Kozimor, 27, pleaded guilty in February to having sex with a 14-year-old runaway boy, and to providing two girls -- one 13 and one 14 -- with alcohol, said Amy Ocampo, an assistant state's attorney.

Among the conditions of her probation detailed Monday, Kozimor cannot have contact with the victims, must complete a sexual offender treatment program and must register as a sex offender. She cannot have unsupervised contact with minors younger than 16 except her own children.

In December 2004, Kozimor allegedly tried to kiss the two girls as they played at her home, court documents stated. Kozimor took them to her home to drink and play, court documents stated.

A few months later, in March 2005, Kozimor allegedly allowed a 14-year-old boy, who said he was a runaway, to stay at her home. That night, the two drank half a bottle of vodka and had sex, according to court documents, while her husband and children slept.

Arin Gencer

Finksburg woman assaulted

A Finksburg woman was sexually assaulted by a man who broke into her home about midnight Tuesday, authorities said.

The victim, who lives in the Pheasant Run development off Old Westminster Pike, was treated at Carroll Hospital Center and released. The sheriff's office is seeking a suspect who is described as a tall, thin man wearing dark clothing and a black ski mask.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Eric Helm at the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center, 410-386-3640, or 1-888-399-TIPP.

Numerous Finksburg homes have also been burglarized in the past few weeks. Two Westminster residents suspected of several residential burglaries in Finksburg were arrested in Baltimore County on Tuesday.

Laura McCandlish

Howard reports sex cases

Howard County police are looking for two men involved in separate sexual incidents Tuesday.

In the first case, a man driving a gray car exposed himself to a 32-year-old woman walking near her home about 9:30 a.m. on All Saints Road at Lyon Avenue in North Laurel. The man propositioned her, followed her in the car and then exposed himself, police said.

About 3 p.m., a man driving a black car approached several middle school pupils on Cradlerock Way in Owen Brown Village, Columbia, and called one 13-year-old girl over to the car, asking for directions.

Police said he suddenly reached out window and fondled her. She ran back to Cradlerock School and reported the incident. The driver was described as a man in his late 20s with a thin mustache and short hair.

Larry Carson

2 admit plan to cheat APG, supply company

Each may be round, but the difference between golf balls and ball bearings was part of a fraud scheme that could bring 15 years in federal prison for an Aberdeen Proving Ground employee and a salesman for an industrial products company.

The Army employee, Douglas Atwell, 51, of Port Deposit, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to a bribery charge in a scheme that prosecutors say defrauded the Army of as much as $429,000.

Atwell, a civilian who managed a "tool crib" at the proving ground's Aberdeen Test Center, used his government purchase card to order items through the salesman at inflated prices that were billed to the Army but might never have arrived, according to prosecutors.

The salesman for Chicago-based Lawson Products, Wayne Silbersack, 65, of Forest Hill, also pleaded guilty to a bribery charge Monday. He received more than $78,000 in commissions for the sales, prosecutors said.

In exchange for processing invoices with inflated prices, Atwell received a Dell computer, falsely described on an invoice as "electrical assortment parts LP 5002," which included a mark-up from $1,973 to $2,485; a shed disguised on invoices as a "large hardware assortment," which was marked up from $2,840 to $6,521; and golf balls described as a "ball bearing assortment," marked up from $682.50 to $1,409.

"It is disgraceful that a company salesman conspired with a government employee to engage in this scheme to defraud the taxpayers and line their own pockets, U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Atwell and Silbersack face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at sentencing next month.

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