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By Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki,Sun Staff Writers | December 16, 1994
The Sun reported incorrectly on Friday that two plaintiffs in a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Rev. A. Joseph Maskell had recovered memories of alleged abuse under therapy.According to their lawyer, Beverly A. Wallace, neither plaintiff recovered any memory concerning Father Maskell or the allegations in the complaint as a result of therapy.The Sun regrets the error.The Rev. A. Joseph Maskell, who left his Elkridge parish July 31 to seek psychological treatment in the wake of allegations that he sexually abused high school students, has officially resigned from the post.
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By Darian G. Burns | September 29, 2014
Ray Rice is not the only NFL player currently dealing with a suspension. Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard by now that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for child abuse after taking a switch to his 4-year-old child's back, buttocks and legs. In response to the indictment Mr. Peterson, like Mr. Rice, was suspended, then reinstated and then suspended again from playing. Mr. Peterson denies that what he did was abuse. He defends himself, says he was simply disciplining a child and that, yes, he did get carried away in that discipline.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
A 53-year-old northeast Carroll county man was sentenced yesterday to eight years in state prison for sexually abusing three neighborhood children over four years.Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced the defendant to 15 years for child abuse and eight years each for two counts of battery. The man's name is being withheld to protect the children's privacy.His victims were two boys and a girl, court records show.Judge Beck suspended all but eight years of the sentence and ordered the defendant to serve five years of supervised probation after his release from prison.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | September 21, 2014
My mother was a child abuser. I was, too. In fact, growing up, pretty much every parent I knew abused their kids. Or so many of Adrian Peterson's critics would have you believe. Mr. Peterson, a star of the Minnesota Vikings, was arrested recently for child abuse after hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch. A "switch," for those who don't know, is a long twig. I should know, having been on the receiving end of quite a few. When no switch was available, mom was also known to employ a section of the orange plastic track from my Hot Wheels.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
A Harford County teenager admitted to a judge Wednesday that he shot and killed his father, an act he told police was motivated by years of abuse at the hands of a man who treated him like he "was his slave. " Robert C. Richardson III, now 18, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and a handgun allegation as part of a deal with prosecutors, who dropped more serious charges in the 2012 death of Robert C. Richardson Jr. — a case that both sides said shows people must act when they suspect a child is being mistreated.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2010
A 37-year-old man took the witness stand Thursday to deny charges that he had sexually abused his own son. The boy, now 8, testified a day earlier in Baltimore County Circuit Court that his father had sought certain acts as "punishment" when the boy misbehaved. Prosecutors say the abuse took place between August 2008 and June 2009, and led to an indictment against the suspect after the boy told his mother about the allegations. The man was charged with sexual abuse of a minor, assault and two sexual-offense counts.
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November 8, 2010
One of the few issues not thoroughly covered in Scott Calvert's well-researched, comprehensive articles on Baltimore Behavioral Health ( "Hooked on treatment," Nov. 7 and "Sheltered addicts, strained recovery," Nov. 8) is why psychiatric diagnoses are particularly prone to misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis. The reason is that psychiatric diagnosis is not based on pathological criteria. The closest the article comes to addressing this problem is the statement that "Even in the best clinical scenario, a psychiatric diagnosis is tricky, experts say; doctors have no X-rays to help apply the criteria defining a mental illness.
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March 24, 2011
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Frederick County sheriff's deputy faces charges of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that 46-year-old Sam Bowman of New Market was charged Wednesday night. Bowman didn't immediately return a call to his home seeking comment. No defense attorney is listed in court records. Bowman has been with the sheriff's office since August. He was a school resource officer at Walkersville High School.
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April 8, 2010
Let's hope that the youths who pelted a tethered dog with rocks and bricks, causing the dog to suffer severe head and eye injuries, are quickly apprehended and charged with cruelty to animals ("Group of children sought in abuse of 1-year-old dog," April 7). Animal abusers are bullies and cowards who take their issues out on "easy victims" — and they rarely limit themselves to hurting only animals. Psychiatrists, criminal profilers and law enforcement officials have repeatedly documented that young people who are cruel to animals often turn that violence against humans.
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February 4, 2014
The recent editorial on strengthening domestic violence restraining orders documents the effectiveness of such orders ("End the abuse," Feb. 2). Here are some ways that also could prevent/end abuse. •Strengthen the laws in states that consider tissue damage such as severe bruises misdemeanors and only issue restraining orders if there is damage to organs such as the spleen, a green light to abusers. •Create laws to stop people such as some judges from holding victims responsible as having provoked the abuse.
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September 18, 2014
Recently we have often been asked: What if your daughter had been in Janay Rice's shoes, wouldn't you demand stern justice? As the mother of a daughter, the answer is that of course I would. However, I am also the mother of a son. Why don't we hear the question: What if your son had been in Ray Rice's shoes? If my son had been in that position, I would demand stern justice as well. However, I would demand justice to be rational and consider that - by all accounts - there had been no pattern of abuse and that, also certainly relevant, there had been a long-time and consistent pattern of exemplary community service and outreach by Mr. Rice.
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Susan Reimer | September 17, 2014
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been charged in Texas with felony child abuse for allegedly beating his 4-year-old son so badly with a switch that it left welts, bruises and cuts on his back, buttocks, legs and scrotum and defensive wounds on his hands. The child received the "whooping" from his father after fussing with another young child over a video game, and we are asked to accept this method of discipline and this level of injury as a cultural difference between black parents and white parents or between Southern parents and Northern parents, or between rural parents and urban parents, between parents of 40 years ago and parents of today or between rich parents and poor parents.
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September 15, 2014
The National Football League received more domestic violence-related bad news last week with the arrest of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was charged over the weekend in Texas with reckless or negligent injury to a child. The allegation is that he used a tree branch or "switch" to spank his 4-year-old son, who suffered cuts and bruises to his back, buttocks, ankles and legs. Given that this was Texas, a state not normally given to condemning spanking of children as a disciplinary tool, one presumes that the injuries the preschooler suffered — because he allegedly failed to share his video game with a sibling — were pretty harsh.
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By William E. Lori | September 14, 2014
Domestic violence is an issue that has been on the minds of many people in recent days, prompted by the horrifying abuse committed by Ray Rice against his now-wife. His status as a professional football player, coupled with the fact that the attack was captured on video and has been seen by millions, has helped to shine a bright light on this often-neglected yet serious societal problem. Lesser known but not less tragic was the murder of Jessica Meredith Jacobsen, mother to two young boys, by her estranged husband exactly two years ago today in front of their Baltimore County home.
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September 14, 2014
State officials are hoping a new public health initiative to track the distribution and sale of highly addictive prescription drugs in Maryland can help reduce the number of people who abuse such medications. The initiative, inspired by a program originally developed in Kentucky 15 years ago, has led to a drastic drop in prescription drug abuse there, and it has the potential to become an important element in Maryland's overall effort to reduce overdose deaths from both legal and illegal drugs.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Three men who were sexually abused by a church youth-ministry leader years ago experienced a measure of justice Wednesday as they confronted their abuser in court, read emotion-charged statements about how his crimes have damaged their lives, and heard a judge sentence him to 16 years in prison. Jediah Tanguay, 33; Benjamin Tanguay, 31; and Roger Robbins, 30, were minors in the 1990s when Raymond Fernandez, then a longtime youth leader at Greater Grace World Outreach Church in East Baltimore, has admitted he molested them.
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February 2, 2014
Maryland has made significant progress in recent years toward reducing cases of domestic violence against women and children in the state. During the last decade, domestic violence assaults have fallen 20 percent, and homicides of women and children attributable to domestic assaults dropped by 32 percent. But glaring weaknesses remain in the law, and we urge legislators to further strengthen the protections courts can extend to the victims of abuse. A package of bills sponsored by Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in this year's General Assembly would give prosecutors and judges greater power to deter such crimes and hold their perpetrators accountable.
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September 2, 2014
The recent dramatic rise in heroin overdose deaths has reached near epidemic levels in Maryland ( "Overdose deaths are preventable," Aug. 29). The commentary by Deanna Wilson, Stephanie Sparrow and Jennifer Kirschner is an important follow up to the views expressed by Sun columnist Dan Rodricks , who questioned the accuracy of the reported number of heroin addicts in Baltimore ( "Heroin capital claim based on an old, bad number," Aug. 28). Regrettably, it appears that the rest of America has caught up with Baltimore's widespread substance abuse problem.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
Under cloudy skies, volunteers were busy Saturday afternoon installing panels of the Monument Quilt on the verdant Federal Hill Park lawn. Walkers and tourists paused to read the emotionally wrenching messages - numbering in the hundreds - from survivors of rape and sexual abuse from across the country that are written on squares sewn into the multicolored and textured quilt. "I was scared, hiding my emotions away, hidden behind a mask that fooled people for years. I tore away the mask & began my long journey on the road to recovery.
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