Prosecutors will bring charges against suspected Modell grave urinator

July 29, 2014|By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County authorities will charge a man they believe urinated through a catheter onto former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell's grave.

The man will be charged with indecent or disorderly conduct in a cemetery, a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $500 fine, the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Per Baltimore County police policy, the man will not be publicly identified until his charge is upheld by a court commissioner. Police said while the man will be served a criminal summons to appear in court, he will not be arrested and taken into custody.

In a video posted to YouTube this month under the username "BrownsFan4Life," a man taped himself removing a Ravens jersey to reveal a Cleveland Browns jersey and then appeared to urinate out of the bottom of his pants leg using a catheter and a tube on Modell's grave. Modell and his late wife, Patricia, were buried together at Druid Ridge Cemetery.

Modell's son David said the announcement "means a lot to all of us in the Modell family" and that he is trying to temper his anger toward the perpetrator.

"We agree wholeheartedly with the State's Attorney that folks should have confidence that the final resting place of their loved ones is not defiled," he said. "We are a country of laws and just because you're angry doesn't mean the law no longer applies to you."

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said the suspect has not yet been served with a criminal summons, and it may take a few days to do so, since he is living in Ohio.

"Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect," Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a statement. "Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place."

Baltimore Sun reporters Justin George and Colin Campbell contributed to this report.

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