Convicted sex offender pleads guilty to abuse


October 11, 2007

A 48-year-old convicted sex offender pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of second-degree sex offense for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy he met while walking his dogs in his neighborhood.

Robert Paul Layton of Dundalk admitted having sexual contact with the boy and buying food, candy and alcohol for him and several others, prosecutors said.

Police said that Layton initiated conversations with teenagers while walking his dogs and then attempted to lure them to his home with the promise of drugs, food and the opportunity to play pool.

He was arrested in February after a 14-year-old boy notified a school resource officer of the alleged solicitation. During a search of Layton's home, detectives found photographs of unidentified nude boys, according to police.

Calling Layton a "dangerous sexual predator," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger said that prosecutors would ask the judge to sentence Layton to the maximum 40 years in prison.

Defense attorney Spencer Gordon said he intends to ask Baltimore County Circuit Judge Dana M. Levitz to impose the 40-year sentence but to suspend half of the prison term and tack on a lengthy period of supervised probation.

Layton was convicted in 1994 of a third-degree sex offense in Prince George's County and was required to register with the state as a sex offender, police said. He moved to Baltimore County in 2001.

Layton pleaded guilty last month in federal court to sexual exploitation of a minor to produce child pornography and possession of child pornography. He could be sentenced to 25 years in prison in those cases, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Layton is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Nov. 15 and in Baltimore County on Nov. 16.

Jennifer McMenamin

Middle River

Ex-caregiver, 28, charged with neglect

A former caregiver for a Middle River-based nonprofit organization has been charged with neglect for allegedly leaving three developmentally disabled men alone and unattended, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Haendel Paul, 28, of the 10000 block of Jason Lane in Columbia was charged with three counts of neglect of a vulnerable adult. Paul formerly was a caregiver at Creative Options Inc., the attorney general's office said in a news release yesterday. The nonprofit provides support services to people with disabilities, according to its Web site.

Neglect of a vulnerable adult is a misdemeanor punishable by five years in jail, a $5,000 fine or both. Trial is scheduled Nov. 19.

The case is being prosecuted by the attorney general's Medicaid fraud control unit based on a referral from the Baltimore County Police Department.


Meetings set on proposed projects

Two community meetings have been scheduled on two large projects in Towson.

The proposal to build 91 townhouses, 64 condos and five single-family homes in the Towson Manor neighborhood will be discussed at 7 p.m. today at Dumbarton Middle School, 300 Dumbarton Road.

The proposal to turn the former Women's Detention Center into a park will be discussed at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Ridge Ruxton School gymnasium, 6916 N. Charles St.

Information on the proposed park: 410-887-6747. Information on Towson Manor: 410-887-3321.

Owings Mills

Mfume to talk on demographics

The Baltimore County League of Women Voters will host former Rep. Kweisi Mfume at a lecture at 7:30 p.m. today at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills.

Mfume will speak on "The New American Demographic and What It Means Politically for Democrats and Republicans."

Admission is $10. For more information, call the league office at 410-377-8046.

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