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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 6, 2001
A 47-year-old Mount Airy man has been jailed on charges that he sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl he was babysitting, according to court documents. Steven Richard Cramer of the 1000 block of Ridge Road was arrested at his home early Friday. Later that day, a District Court commissioner set bail at $25,000 on charges including third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses, abuse of a child in his care and second-degree assault. The girl's mother called the state police about 3 a.m. Friday, saying her daughter had alleged that she had been kissed and fondled as she slept.
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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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July 17, 1991
THE July 8 report of the Family Violence Coalition says the Baltimore Zoo last ear spent twice as much money to care for animals as the state spent to provide safety for women and children in all 18 shelters.Despite the fact that there were 613 confirmed cases of child sexual abuse in the city in 1989, the Baltimore City Sexual Abuse Treatment Program was dismantled.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
Baltimore County Police are searching for an Essex man who struck two police vehicles when detectives attempted to arrest him at his home for child sexual abuse charges Thursday. Police said Foster Dove III, 38, of the 1600 block of Williams Avenue, saw the detectives walk up to his house when he ran to his car and struck two police vehicles. His car was recovered nearby but Dove had fled on foot. He is wanted for sexually abusing two children and producing pornography depicting the abuse.
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By Allison Klein and Allison Klein,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2003
A popular 48-year-old former City College band teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old student pleaded guilty yesterday to child sexual abuse and received a suspended eight-year prison sentence in Baltimore Circuit Court. Alvin Theodore Wallace, who was a faculty member for about eight years, was also given three years' probation and was ordered to stay away from the victim, who is now 20. Additionally, Wallace may not have custody of any female younger than age 18 except family members, and he must register as a sex offender.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON | May 9, 2006
A 26-year-old Ellicott City man pleaded guilty yesterday in Howard County Circuit Court to charges of rape and child sexual abuse, said T. Wayne Kirwan, spokesman for the state's attorney's office. His trial was scheduled to begin today. According to charging documents, Donald K. Jones was accused of engaging in sexual acts with a preschool-age relative in a bedroom and recording the activity on a camcorder. Police recovered the camcorder while serving a search warrant. During a hearing yesterday before Howard County Circuit Judge Louis A. Becker III, Jones pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and sexual abuse of a minor, Kirwan said.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff writer | October 27, 1991
In the psychologist's office, where she has struggled for 18 months to come to terms with her past, Deshonta speaks softly about the long-kept secrets of her childhood.She wanted to tell the truth yearsago, before she repressed most memories of the abuse, the frightening, almost unthinkable sexual violence she survived. But when she tried to talk to relatives, they called her crazy and a liar. When her teachers asked questions, she denied anything was wrong."There was nobody to tell," recalled Deshonta, whose memories of being molested and raped as a child flooded back after she gave birthto her daughter a year and a half ago. The 22-year-old went back into therapy at Harundale Youth and Family Service Center, where she hadreceived counseling in high school.
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By Maria Archangelo and Maria Archangelo,Staff writer | November 24, 1991
Carroll parents who suspect their children have been sexually assaulted usually must take them to Baltimore to be examined because most county doctors are not trained to gather evidence and are unwilling to testify in court.In emergencies -- when sexual assault is suspected to have taken place in the last 72 hours -- doctors at Carroll County General Hospital perform examinations and report suspicions to police.But if a child waits days or weeks before telling someone about the assault, Carroll prosecutors and social workers must comb the Baltimore area to get an appointment with one of the few experts in child sexual abuse.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | August 12, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- A 54-year-old man accused of sexually abusing his 4-year-old grandson entered District Court last week prepared to begin presenting his defense to Judge Donald M. Smith.He never uttered a word. In fact, he never had to. The assistant state's attorney assigned to the case dropped all nine sexual abuse, child abuse and battery charges against him Wednesday.Far from viewing the wholesale dismissal of the charges as a legal bonanza, the man is still reeling from what he perceives as the unfairness of his treatment in the system.
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March 15, 2003
I found Dr. Paul McHugh's article about the "Memory Wars" surrounding recovered memories of child sexual abuse as sad as it was well-written ("Ending the `Memory Wars' does not redeem the victims," March 2). Clearly, there are many therapists who are incompetent in their handling of interviews regarding child abuse allegations. But to give the impression that all such interviews are poorly done is unrealistic. Many therapists have done a careful and highly ethical job of dealing with child abuse allegations.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
A Montgomery County elementary school teacher from Dundalk who was charged with possession of child pornography has now been charged with child sexual abuse, police said. Lawrence Wesley Joynes, 54, of the 1900 block of Ormand Road, is charged with 14 counts of sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, child abuse, and second-degree rape. Baltimore County police charged Joynes in February with possession of child pornography after a search warrant found images and videos at his home and classroom.
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By Dr. Elizabeth J. Letourneau | August 6, 2013
The recent FBI raid that arrested three men in Maryland as part of Operation Cross Country that netted 150 alleged pimps in 76 cities illustrates significant governmental efforts in detecting and arresting sex offenders, including pimps and buyers. But child sexual abuse (CSA), which includes the sexual exploitation of children and juvenile prostitution, is a complex problem that requires a much more comprehensive approach that moves beyond rescues and raids. Rather, we need to invest in a public health approach that emphasizes the importance of primary prevention as well as criminal justice interventions and post-abuse services and treatment.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
A former volunteer firefighter who worked with youths at the Lansdowne department pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing a teenage boy he mentored in a training program at the station. Anthony Maurice Cottle, 23, who appeared Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, also faces federal charges. Cottle, a resident of Owings Mills, was also a paid firefighter with the Baltimore County Fire Department. He has been suspended without pay from that department since being charged in October.
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By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
Following a string of recent cases in which coaches used their positions to sexually abuse children, the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation says it is trying to help sports organizations better screen people who work with young athletes. The foundation has created an online resource that offers training for employees and volunteers. The site also directs sports organization leaders to a legal research website where they can search potential staff members' criminal histories at a minimal cost.
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November 27, 2012
The case of John Merzbacher, the former South Baltimore Catholic middle school teacher who turned out to be a serial child sexual abuser, represents a terrible tragedy of child abuse fostered by too many others willing to turn a blind eye. But if his case is extreme, it is not unique, and it's particularly galling to hear of cases like that involving Mr. Merzbacher, whose behavior went unreported for decades, or Penn State's Jerry Sandusky, where...
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Susan Reimer | July 18, 2012
The report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh castigated the men in the upper reaches of Penn State's administration, as well football coach Joe Paterno, for not acting in 1998 when they learned that a mother had complained to campus police that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was showering with her 11-year-old son in the football locker room. Mr. Freeh suggests, rightly, that more than a decade of sexual abuse of young boys would have been prevented if Mr. Sandusky had been stopped then.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2005
Carroll County authorities charged a convicted child molester yesterday with sexually abusing two 3-year-olds and raping one of them at a now-defunct Westminster day care center where he once worked as a part-time computer technician. James Allen Gregory, 59, whose last known address was in the 400 block of W. 24th St. in Baltimore, was charged with one count of second-degree rape, four counts of sexual abuse, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual offense, according to county prosecutor Amy Blank Ocampo.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | January 14, 2005
Carroll County authorities charged a convicted child molester yesterday with sexually abusing two 3-year-olds and raping one of them at a now-defunct Westminster day care center where he worked as a part-time computer technician. James Allen Gregory, 59, whose last known address was in the 400 block of W. 24th St. in Baltimore, was charged with one count of second-degree rape, four counts of sexual abuse, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of third-degree sexual offense, according to county prosecutor Amy Blank Ocampo.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
Maryland First Lady Catherine Curran O'Malley announced Monday that Baltimore City, Talbot and Worcester counties have been selected for a new statewide initiative to prevent child sexual abuse by training adults. The Family Tree, a Baltimore non-profit, was granted $25,000 in private funding to replicate the Enough Abuse Campaign, which originated in Massachusetts. The Family Tree will provide free training to child advocacy organizations in the three communities. The program emphasizes educating adults to recognize abused children, to communicate with children about appropriate interactions with adults, and to advocate for victims.
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November 17, 2011
The child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University has captured the attention of the country. While the alleged perpetrator will be the focus of much of the discussion, The Family Tree, Maryland's leading child abuse prevention organization, suggests that we shift the focus to what we can do today to prevent this from happening again tomorrow. Unfortunately, it is all too often a public tragedy like this that reminds us that safety is not the responsibility of the child but the responsibility of us as adults and caring, committed others.
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