Lansdowne firefighter sentenced in child sex abuse charges

Anthony M. Cottle, 24, receives 15-year sentence

June 24, 2013|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A former firefighter for the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department received a 15-year sentence Monday for sexually abusing a teenage boy prosecutors said he mentored in a training program at the station.

Anthony M. Cottle, 24, who worked with youth the station, is also awaiting sentencing in federal court on related charges.

His attorney, John Grason Turnbull III, declined to comment Monday.

Prosecutors said Cottle engaged in sexual acts with the boy numerous times, sometimes videotaping their encounters, and had moved in with the boy and his mother after she believed Cottle would be a positive male role model. A second victim was present during some of the acts but denied being sexually involved with Cottle, prosecutors said.

One of the boys contacted police about the abuse.

Cottle was convicted in federal court of producing and possessing child pornography. He is set to be sentenced July 18.

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