Crime & Courts

January 22, 2009

Former teacher sentenced in sexual abuse case

A former Baltimore County physical education teacher has been sentenced to six months in jail for sexually abusing a young girl multiple times at his home in Parkville. Timothy A. Rhodes, 43, of the 8300 block of Oakleigh Road was arrested in April and charged with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree child abuse, second-degree assault and third-degree sex offense after the girl, who is now 13, told her mother about the assaults. Under an agreement with prosecutors, Rhodes pleaded guilty to the third-degree sex offense. Baltimore County Circuit Judge Judith C. Ensor sentenced Rhodes on Tuesday to three years in prison but suspended all but six months. Upon his release, Rhodes will be on supervised probation for three years, the judge said yesterday, and he must register as a sex offender. Rhodes, who taught physical education at Pleasant Plains Elementary in Towson for eight years, abused the girl at his home at least 20 times over a two-year period, police said after his arrest.

NICK MADIGAN

Arundel police probing a reported stabbing

Anne Arundel County police are investigating a reported stabbing that took place Tuesday night in Pasadena. Officers were called to Baltimore Washington Medical Center about 11:45 p.m. and spoke with a 28-year-old Glen Burnie man who said he had been in an argument and fistfight near Freetown Park. The man he was arguing with left, but returned with a knife and stabbed him in the abdomen, police said. The victim was treated and released. Anyone with information is asked to call 866-7LOCKUP. Tipsters may be eligible for a reward.

Iraqi native indicted on spying charges

A Maryland grand jury has indicted a former resident on charges he spied for the Iraqi government and lied to cover it up. If convicted, Mouyad Mahmoud Darwish, 47, faces a maximum of five years in federal prison on each of two counts and fines of up to $250,000 apiece. According to the January indictment and other documents, Darwish, an Iraqi native who became a Canadian citizen, came to the United States in 2000 and soon began sending information to the Iraqi Intelligence Service. In March 2000, the IIS paid him $2,000 for his "assistance," according to the court documents, and in 2002, he told the IIS that Iraqi volunteers were being trained and paid by the U.S. military. Darwish is alleged to have said he came to the U.S. in 2001 solely to work at a Laurel restaurant. Last month, Saubhe Jassim Al-Dellemy, who owns Laurel's Gourmet Shish Kebab, pleaded guilty to spying for Iraq.

Tricia Bishop

Waldorf man charged with attempted murder

A Waldorf man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a pregnant woman in Anne Arundel County in October, police said. Jerold Raymond Burks, 22, of Timberbrook Drive was arrested at his home late Monday and charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and weapons violations, police said. On Oct. 27, officers found Jodi Torok, 26, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in the 1600 block of Hart Court in Crofton, police said. She was taken to a hospital for treatment and has since been released. Anyone with information should call 410-222-3463.

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