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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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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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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
A science teacher at Archbishop Curley High School accused of engaging in sexual activity with a student was charged Friday with sexual abuse of a minor. Lynette Nicole Trotta, 33, is being held in jail on a $100,000 bail; her initial bail had been $250,000 but was reduced by a judge. She has also been suspended from work. School officials learned about the allegations from a librarian on Tuesday and worked with police to investigate, according to a statement released by the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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.
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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
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.
NEWS
July 18, 2007
The agreement by the Los Angeles Archdiocese to pay $660 million to more than 500 sexual abuse victims is a record amount that pushes the total that the American Roman Catholic Church has paid as a result of clergy sex abuse to more than $2 billion. But from the tearful acceptances by some of the victims, it's clear that money alone cannot ease the pain and suffering they have endured. The church must continue to confront this issue and come clean - not only with past victims, but with itself - in order to prevent more abuse.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
A 43-year-old Columbia man was sentenced in U.S. District in Baltimore Thursday for sexually abusing and taking explicit photos of a teenage girl, officials said. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Philip Wayne Barto to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and required him to register as a sex offender, according to a statement from the U. S. State's Attorney's office. According to his plea agreement, Barto sexually abused the girl, in addition to taking photos of her and showing her images of child pornography.
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