Former Fort Meade counselor pleads guilty to sex abuse

June 17, 2014|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

A former youth counselor at Fort George G. Meade has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact and sexual abuse of a minor in federal court.

Anthony Dennis Williams II, 28, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Friday. In the plea, Williams acknowledged engaging in sexual contact with a child between the age of 12 and 16.

At sentencing, Williams will face a maximum of two years in prison on the sexual contact charge and 15 years on the sexual abuse charge. Both prosecutors and defense attorneys said a sentence of seven to 10 years would be appropriate, according to the plea agreement.

Williams was accused of abusing two boys in 2010 and 2011, when he worked at the Fort Meade Youth Center running a program called Passport to Manhood. He left his job there in 2012.

Williams allegedly shared explicit text messages with boys and brought one of them to an attic where he inappropriately touched the boy, according to the plea agreement. Williams admitted to having sex with another boy, according to the plea agreement.

Authorities were alerted to the incident after a parent of one of the boys found text messages on his phone last year, the plea agreement said.

Williams' attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

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