Crime Watch

November 30, 2007

Guilty plea in child porn case

A 37-year-old Eastern Shore man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to trying to receive child pornography.

Prosecutors said Steven Douglass Buckley of Cordova traded images of child pornography beginning at least in 2002. Buckley traded child pornography on the Internet and chatted online about using an untraceable vehicle to abduct a young girl, prosecutors said.

Federal agents conducting an undercover investigation assumed the identity of the person with whom Buckley was having online chats beginning in June 2005. In the course of their conversations, Buckley revealed that he had been brought up on state charges of sexual molestation and discussed the possibility of making the 11-year-old victim "sweat" on the stand.

Buckley later pleaded guilty to a third-degree sex offense in Anne Arundel County related to the molestation and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He also pleaded guilty in Talbot County Circuit Court in June 2006 to raping a girl and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 10 years suspended.

Matthew Dolan

Teen, 14, fatally stabbed in city

A 14-year-old boy was found fatally stabbed last night outside a house in Northwest Baltimore, and police knew of no suspect or motive for the city's 267th homicide.

The same time last year, the city had recorded 246 homicides, according to police records.

Shortly after 10 p.m., police responded to the 5000 block of Cordelia Ave. between West Garrison and Spaulding avenues and found the victim bleeding from at least one stab wound.

The youth, whose name was withheld pending notification of family, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Richard Irwin

Ellicott City man, 18, charged in fatal melee

An 18-year-old Ellicott City man who prosecutors say helped spark a February brawl in which a man was fatally struck with a baseball bat has been charged with assaulting three other youths.

Corey Matthew Lehnhoff of the 3100 block of W. Springs Drive, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of second-degree assault and a riot charge, Howard County prosecutors said yesterday.

He was arrested Nov. 6 and charged with assaulting Jacob Sams and Evan Tubbs, both 17, and Ian Hebert, whose age is unknown, during a late-night melee on the Mount Hebron High School football field in Ellicott City. Lehnhoff was released from the Howard County Detention Center after posting $100,000 bond.

According to court documents, Lehnhoff ripped off his shirt and began arguing with another man. "This act began the brawl that consisted of about 20 males," court papers said.

One of those hit with an aluminum baseball bat in the melee, Robert Brazell, 18, of Ellicott City, later died of his injuries. Kevin F. Klink, 18, a former wrestling champion from Columbia, was charged with murder in Brazell's death and is awaiting trial next year.

Lehnhoff repeatedly struck Hebert in the stomach with an aluminum baseball bat, Sams stated in court papers. Sams said he pushed Lehnhoff away from Hebert and was later struck in the head with a bat. Sams suffered permanent brain damage from the assault, according to court documents. Hebert said he suffered injuries to his ear, head and back.

John-John Williams IV

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