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July 15, 2014
Anne Arundel County police say a 50-year-old Glen Burnie man has been charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult based on allegations he inappropriately touched a 21-year-old man. Police say on Monday they were called to Opportunity Builders, at 8855 Veterans Highway in Millersville, for a report of vulnerable adult abuse. A 21-year-old diagnosed with autism said he was sexually abused by a staff member sometime between May 15 and June 15. The man told detectives the staff member touched him sexually while he was using a bathroom at the center.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
A Baltimore man who once volunteered for a fire company in Anne Arundel County was arrested Wednesday on multiple sex abuse charges, county police said. Preston Lamont Scott II, 31, is accused of abusing two children he knew. Police did not release the children's ages, gender or relationship to Scott to protect their identity. The investigation began in August. Charges against Scott include second-degree child abuse, sex abuse of a minor, and a child pornography charge. Scott organized monthly dances for teenagers as fundraisers for the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Company, police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
A former firefighter for the Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department received a 15-year sentence Monday for sexually abusing a teenage boy prosecutors said he mentored in a training program at the station. Anthony M. Cottle, 24, who worked with youth the station, is also awaiting sentencing in federal court on related charges. His attorney, John Grason Turnbull III, declined to comment Monday. Prosecutors said Cottle engaged in sexual acts with the boy numerous times, sometimes videotaping their encounters, and had moved in with the boy and his mother after she believed Cottle would be a positive male role model.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2012
Two men told Anne Arundel County police that they were sexually abused as children by a man from their Edgewater community, John Charles Villers-Farrow, police said. Villers-Farrow, 66, surrendered to police Wednesday night. An Anne Arundel County judge reduced his bail, which was initially $800,000, to $250,000 Thursday morning. He is facing 14 counts that include sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice and child abuse that cover the years between 2000 and 2008 when the two men were between the ages of eight and their early teens, according to the statement of charges.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
A retired Episcopal priest, whose last assignment was as the vicar at a church in northern Harford County, pleaded guilty last week to sexually abusing two young girls in Cecil County. The Rev. Donald W. Belcher, 82, entered an Alford plea on two counts of sexual abuse of minors in Cecil County Circuit Court. An Alford plea allows a defendant to maintain his innocence while acknowledging that the state has enough evidence to convict him. Belcher was released on $100,000 bond and is awaiting a June 28 sentencing, in which he could receive 25 years on each count, to be served consecutively, said Kevin Urick, assistant state's attorney for Cecil County.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2012
Linda Malat Tiburzi wanted a front-row seat inside a 4th Circuit Court of Appeals courtroom Tuesday, so judges could get a good look at her during a hearing involving a convicted child rapist who had taught at a Baltimore Catholic school. Though it's traumatic for Tiburzi to relive her alleged abuse at the hands of John J. Merzbacher, she said she and the 14 other men and women who took a bus from Pasadena wanted to show their commitment to keeping him behind bars. "I want the judges to see my face," said Tiburzi, 51, who said she was sexually abused by Merzbacher while she was a Catholic Community middle-schooler from 1973 to 1976.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2012
Baltimore prosecutors are scheduled to meet Thursday with a woman to discuss further allegations of sexual abuse against John Merzbacher, a former teacher at the Catholic Community middle school in South Baltimore. It appears to be the first time that such allegations have been raised with prosecutors since the 1990s, when Merzbacher was charged with dozens of counts of child sexual abuse from his teaching days 20 years earlier. He was convicted in 1995 in his first of what were to be 14 trials and is now involved in an appeals court proceeding that some fear could lead to his early release from prison.
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November 1, 2011
A former Fallston psychologist, who sexually abused three girls under his care, will serve 18 months in jail, rather than the six years he agreed to as part of a plea agreement reached with prosecutors in August. Despite calling it a "sad and distressing case," retired Harford County Circuit Judge Maurice Baldwin Monday sharply modified the sentence David Wayne Schrumpf, 56, of the 4400 block of Prospect Road in Whiteford, from what Schrumpf had agreed to when he entered an Alford plea, which is not an admission of guilt, but rather an acknowledgment that the state had enough evidence to get a conviction.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
A 64-year-old Essex man and longtime tavern owner was indicted on 36 counts related to the alleged sex abuse of a minor dating back more than 30 years, prosecutors confirmed.  Nicolaos Trintis was arrested and charged on six counts last month, and was freed on $100,000 bond. Prosecutors took the case to a grand jury this week and returned 30 additional counts in the alleged abuse, which dates to 1979.  The accuser contacted police in May 2012 and said Trintis had abused her repeatedly over the course of three years when her mother worked as a bar manager at Trintis' Bill's Cafe, in southeast Baltimore near Dundalk.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
A 23-year-old Baltimore County firefighter has been arrested in connection with the sexual abuse of two 14-year-old boys, and police believe there are more victims who have yet to be identified. Anthony Maurice Cottle, of the first block of Stonemark Court in Owings Mills, allegedly abused the two boys between May 1 and June 1 while living with one of the boy's families in the Halethorpe area, police said. One of the victims contacted police last week to report the alleged abuse, which he said occurred when Cottle was living with his family, police said.
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