Digest

October 03, 2007

Man, 37, charged with child sexual abuse

A Perry Hall man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing children, police said yesterday.

Stephen Michael Gayer, 37, of the 100 block of Bourbon Court was arrested Friday and charged with five counts of sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, two counts of fourth-degree sex offense and possession of child pornography, Baltimore County police said.

A teenage girl was abused from June 2005 to February 2007, police said. Photographs showing the teenager in nude poses were found in Gayer's possession, police said. An 8-year-old girl was abused in October 2006, police said.

Nude photographs of two other underage girls, which police said were taken in Gayer's basement, were found. Gayer was released on $150,000 bond, police said.

Police asked anyone with information on Gayer to call the department's Family Crimes Unit at 410-853-3650.

Fire Department

Suspended firefighter sues county

A Baltimore County fire lieutenant who has been suspended without pay since July filed a federal lawsuit against the county yesterday, claiming that his right to due process was violated, and seeking a court order to allow him to return to work.

William Gilbert, who was hired as a paramedic in 1983 and later became a member of the advanced tactical rescue team, alleges that Fire Chief John Hohman had a personal vendetta against him.

The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, says that after Gilbert criticized Hohman's leadership in the county's fire union in 1991, Hohman retaliated against him and other commanders for more than a decade. Gilbert was reassigned to the station farthest from his home and was denied overtime and promotion opportunities, the suit says.

In July, an administrative hearing board failed to reach a decision on charges that Gilbert had improperly failed to report a work-related injury, but the hearing officer suspended Gilbert without pay, said Gilbert's attorney John M. Singleton.

In September, another board reviewed the charges against Gilbert and additional charges that he had falsified documents, then dismissed all charges because fire officials had improperly withheld evidence, Singleton said. Hohman ordered the board to continue the hearing, which is scheduled for today, according to the court papers.

Elise Armacost, a spokesman for the Baltimore County Fire Department, said the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

Circuit Court

Judge rejects request to cut sentence

A Baltimore County Circuit Court judge declined yesterday to reduce the sentence of a former Glen Burnie High School band director convicted of sexually abusing students in Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.

Jeffrey S. Thompson, 38, of Severn had asked the judge to reduce his 18-month sentence in the Baltimore County case to the four months he has served. Doing so would make him eligible for work-release at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, where he is serving a concurrent 18-month sentence, his attorney, Thomas C. Morrow, wrote in a motion filed with the court. Judge John G. Turnbull II declined to reduce the sentence.

Thompson was sentenced to five years with all but 18 months suspended after being convicted in May of sexual abuse of a minor for molesting a student at a band camp in 2004 at Towson University. He was convicted in Anne Arundel County of sexual abuse of a minor and was sentenced to six years with all but 18 months suspended.

Jennifer McMenamin

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