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NEWS
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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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
A former Archbishop Curley High School student is accusing a Catholic priest and former teacher at the school with sexually abusing him on several occasions, according to a news release from the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The priest, Fr. Michael Kolodziej, 69, has been suspended from the priesthood. He taught at Curley from 1975-79, during which time the former student says he "wrestled him" and abused him. Kolodziej was ordained in Buffalo, N.Y., and has spent more than 30 years as a priest and teacher across several states.
NEWS
May 12, 2010
I find it sadly ironic that letter writers Kyle Lagratta and T. Griffith contributed numerous column inches to defending lacrosse and pontificating about teaching their sons respect for sport ("A culture of entitlement" and "Culture of respect missing in lacrosse, youth sports," Readers respond, May 11) but not a single word about teaching them not to physically or psychologically abuse people they purportedly love. The tragedy of Yeardley Love's death is that in this day and age, 50 years after the birth of the women's movement, fathers and mothers apparently still are not teaching their sons and daughters not to abuse the ones they love, or that no-one should ever put up with abuse from one who claims to love them.
NEWS
August 9, 1992
The acquittal of a 26-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 5-year-old stepdaughter has upset prosecutors and child abuse investigators in Howard County. Article, Page 6B. @
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | March 26, 2013
A Jarrettsville man was sentenced to 80 years in prison last week for his role in the sexual abuse of a child. Jeremy Shane Cochran, 32, of the 4100 block of Federal Hill Road, was found guilty in December by a Harford County Circuit Court jury of three counts involving the sexual abuse of a minor girl, according to court records. The jury found Cochran guilty of sexual abuse of a minor - continuing course of conduct, sexual abuse of a minor and conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a minor, according to the case file.
NEWS
By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Pastor Leon W. Jones, who founded the Renewed Hope Christian Church on the 700 block of N. Paca St., was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teen-age girl, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced. The abuse occurred during a two-year period from April 2000 through March of 2002, prosecutors said. The girl, now 27, was introduced to Jones by her mother, who participated in the abuse and was convicted of five counts of child sexual abuse. A jury convicted Jones of eight counts of second-degree sexual offense, prosecutors said.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
A young mixed pug named Pup was shot once through the heart with a BB rifle in the backyard of his Dundalk home and died on the back porch as his owner's daughter held him in a towel. The incident in November 2012 led to the arrest of Lex L. Shifflett, who was sentenced to 18 months in the Baltimore County Detention Center. A Circuit Court judge, citing public safety concerns, imposed six times the jail time recommended by Maryland sentencing guidelines for a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
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.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
As an independent child advocate of almost 20 years in Maryland, I agree that we need to strengthen its reporting laws and extend the statue of limitations for victims to come forward ("Uncovering the abusers," Nov. 28). The John Merzbacher case is a prime example of an institution looking the other way and protecting itself rather than the victims. We saw this repeated with Boy Scouts and Penn State. Our understanding of serial child sexual abuse is that it is everywhere, that is, in all institutions, and unless we do something to strengthen reporting laws and extend the statue of limitations for victims, it will continue unabated.
HEALTH
January 28, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration is calling on pharmaceutical firms to give more attention to the potential for abuse of new drugs when subjecting them to pre-market testing. The agency this week released a draft of new voluntary guidelines to assist drug makers in figuring out which compounds should be placed under the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates the handling, record-keeping and dispensing of controlled substances. The guidelines urge researchers to look beyond traditional indicators such as whether a compound is addictive to other characteristics that could lead to abuse.
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