Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

January 24, 2007

Ex-county man accused in sexual abuse of child

A former Baltimore County man has been charged with sexually abusing a child in Baltimore and Harford counties, police said yesterday.

Fabrice Snowden, 41, of the 600 block of Burlington Court in Edgewood is accused of sexually abusing a child from 1999 to December 2006, and the victim told detectives that the sexual abuse was videotaped, according to authorities.

The victim also told detectives that Snowden sold pornographic videos to someone in India, police said.

Snowden, who was arrested Jan. 11, has been charged on 13 counts in Harford County, including perverted practice, second-degree sex offense, three counts of child abuse and production of child pornography, according to Harford law enforcement officials.

He was being held at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bond in the Harford case and an additional $100,000 bond for Baltimore County charges that include perverted practice, child abuse and third-degree sex offense, police said.

Snowden previously lived in the first block of Bridgeport Court in the Owings Mills area of Baltimore County and the 2100 block of St. Lukes Lane in the Woodlawn area, according to police.

Police asked that anyone with information call the Baltimore County Police Department's Family Crimes Unit at 410-853-3650.

Nick Shields

Edgemere

Man gets 90 days in attack on coach

An Edgemere man was sentenced to 90 days in jail yesterday for tackling the coach of his son's peewee football team while the coach was trying to break up a fight between two boys, a prosecutor said.

John E. Gray, 41, was convicted yesterday of second-degree assault after an hour of jury deliberations in Baltimore County Circuit Court, prosecutor Stephen W. Kagay Jr. said.

Charles Michael Gerben was leading football practice Aug. 24, 2005, at Sparrows Point High School with a group of 8-, 9- and 10-year-old boys when two of the young players began scuffling, according to court documents. Gerben had taken the youngsters to the sideline, sat them down and told them to cool off when one boy pushed the other and the fight resumed.

As Gerben was trying to separate the boys, he grabbed hold of Gray's son's chest pads and told him to "knock it off," the coach wrote in an application for a statement of charges.

One witness testified that the father then tackled the coach, while another told jurors that Gray had "body-checked" him, the prosecutor said. Gray testified that he was defending his son, according to the prosecutor.

The attack broke the coach's sunglasses and aggravated a knee injury, according to court documents.

Gerben, a full-time staff sergeant with the Maryland National Guard who has coached boys' football for three years, said he was pleased with the outcome of the case.

"The judge is making the point that this type of behavior can't be tolerated," Gerben said.

Gray's attorney could not be reached last night.

Judge Robert E. Cahill Jr. sentenced Gray to two years in prison, suspending all but 90 days of the term, the prosecutor said.

Jennifer McMenamin

Middle River

Museum hopes to acquire seaplane

The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum and a Canadian aviation nonprofit have joined forces with the goal of acquiring two historic aircraft made by Martin during World War II, the partners said yesterday.

The British Columbia Aviation Council will partner with the museum in hopes of acquiring two Martin Mars, one of the largest seaplanes ever built.

The four-engine plane weighs 140,000 pounds and has a wing span of 200 feet and a two-story hull that is 120 feet long. They were built at Martin's Middle River assembly plant,

The aircraft are up for sale by TimberWest Forest Corp. in British Columbia, according to announcement by the alliance partners. The planes were used by the Navy until 1956, when the Canadian company purchased them and converted them to "water bombers" to fight forest fires.

If the alliance is successful in purchasing the planes, one would come to the Maryland museum and one would go to the community of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island.

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