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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 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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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 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 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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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 Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | June 29, 1993
A Howard County man, who has been convicted in four other child abuse cases, was sentenced yesterday to three years in state prison for sexually abusing the daughter of a Finksburg woman he met through square dancing.James Winstead Hunter, 32, of Ellicott City pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court to one count of third-degree sexual offense. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a battery charge against him and agreed to argue for a maximum sentence of four years.Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced Hunter to six years in prison, with three years suspended, and five years of supervised probation after his release.
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September 26, 2002
The following is a list of priests and brothers who have served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and have been accused of child sexual abuse, according to church officials. The list includes some men who have admitted abusing children, as well as some who have denied any improper conduct. A number of the allegations cannot be corroborated, according to the archdiocese. In a few instances, the archdiocese said, it excluded allegations from the list when an investigation concluded that the facts did not indicate that sexual abuse occurred.
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December 7, 1992
A 46-year-old Carroll County man was arrested Thursday night by Maryland State Police after a one-day investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse.According to the state police, the man, whose name was not released, was charged with second-degree rape, a second-degree sex offense and child abuse.He was arrested at his home, taken before a District Court commissioner and confined at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.Neither the age of the victim nor the relationship of the accused to the victim was revealed by police.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | December 22, 1995
Carroll County jurors are expected to continue deliberations today in the case of a 47-year-old Upperco man accused of sexually abusing his wife's grandson about a year ago.County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sent the jury of six men and six women home about 7:30 last night. The panel is expected to reconvene this morning at 9 a.m.The man -- who is not being named to protect the child's privacy -- was charged in November 1994 with rape and child sexual abuse. He was also charged with assault with intent to murder because he has HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
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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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By Adam Rosenberg | March 11, 2013
Every week, dozens of parents, guardians and leaders at youth-serving organizations tell me that they want to do whatever they can do to keep their children safe from abuse. One such tool is the state's sex offender registry. Accessible by the Internet, sex offender registries provide a simple map and list of people who have committed sexual crimes against children, or sexually violent crimes against adults. There are even apps for viewing the registry on mobile devices. One need only to do a routine check every so often in order to be reminded that the threat of child sex abuse impacts every neighborhood and that every community has its share of offenders.
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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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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1996
A former Naval Academy midshipman will spend 90 days in the Anne Arundel County jail for sexually abusing the 2-year-old granddaughter of an Annapolis couple with whom he spent weekends.Jeremy Michael Coale, 20, was sentenced yesterday by Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. He pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse Aug. 12.Coale, from East Grand Rapids, Mich., could have been sentenced to 15 years.Assistant State's Attorney Laura Kiessling said that since Coale arrived at the academy in September 1995, he had spent weekends at the Eastport house of a couple volunteering in a program to give midshipmen a home away from home.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | June 29, 2001
Felony child sexual abuse charges against a former Carroll County student teacher were dropped yesterday, five weeks after police arrested her and accused her of having sex with two teen-age boys she met at Francis Scott Key High School. Tracie L. Mokry, 22, of Westminster, still faces two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for allegedly providing alcoholic beverages to the underage boys. But Mokry, her mother and her attorney said yesterday after a brief hearing in Carroll County District Court that she has done nothing wrong.
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October 22, 2012
I agree with Betsy Schindler's contention that we need more open dialogue about child sexual abuse and the need to advocate for help and support for the victims ("Put the victims first," Oct. 19). We all have to be more vigilant of this societal evil and the need to keep pedophiles out of situations where they can do harm to children. Penn State was a good example of how these people can create havoc in the lives of children that can last a lifetime. Evil in any form tends to infect everything around it. Even an outstanding organization like the Boy Scouts of America, which for years has been making a positive contribution in the lives of millions of young people, has had to face the consequences of this same evil surfacing in its midst and is currently dealing with it in a constructive way. There is no doubt in my mind that by facing up to the situation and by taking positive steps to deal with it, the Boy Scouts will continue to attract outstanding leaders who will continue to contribute positively in their communities.
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July 21, 2012
Columnist Susan Reimer and Elizabeth Letourneau seem to have forgotten the harmful role that some mental health practitioners have played - and may continue to play - in the worldwide clergy abuse scandal ("Child sexual abuse needs prevention, not just punishment," July 19). Many abusive priests were not only weren't reported to the authorities by their bishops but were sent to sympathetic treatment centers that didn't report them either. Contrary to Ms. Letourneau's assertion that "there is no way for someone to get help for themselves or someone else without involving the criminal justice system," too often mental health practitioners sent abusers back to communities where they could continue to rape children.
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