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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1997
Residents of a North Laurel mobile home community are expressing outrage that they did not know that a 71-year-old male neighbor -- arrested last week and charged with fondling three young girls -- had been convicted of a similar sexual offense five years ago.The residents voiced their anger at a Monday night meeting called by county police after the April 29 arrest of John Herman Dennison, who has been charged with three counts of third- and fourth-degree sex...
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By Quinn Kelley, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
A Kentucky high school athletic director is being held without bond in Baltimore after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her in a home he rented here. Baltimore Police arrested Michael Campbell, Whitley County High School's athletic director, Jan. 22 on allegations that he gave a woman drugs, then performed sex acts on her in the 1000 block of Hunter St. Police said Campbell knew the woman. The accuser said she and Campbell began drinking and that she took a narcotic tablet that Campbell gave her, according to a report from police.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2003
A 26-year-old Marine accused of fondling a teen-age recruit during a recruiting tour through parts of Howard County in late March was convicted yesterday of misdemeanor assault and a sexual offense. In a case that pitted the teen-ager's assertion that she told Staff Sgt. Shawn E. Potwin to stop touching her against his insistence that the contact was consensual, District Judge Sue-Ellen Hantman said yesterday that she believed the victim. Not only did the teen-ager testify "that she told him no" the night of the assault, she also called her friend in tears the night of the incident, Hantman said.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
A grand jury in Carroll County has indicted a sex offender registered in Maryland and Pennsylvania on 20 counts of sexual offenses involving minors, according to a statement issued by the Maryland State's Attorney's Office. The grand jury registered the indictment against David Michael Blaker, a 31-year-old Taneytown resident currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania. The move is the culmination of a six-month investigation by the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center, a division of the State's Attorney's Office.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer | June 23, 1993
A 38-year-old Westminster man faces charges that he raped and sexually abused a girl his wife had been caring for in their home over a five-year period.Robert Oliver Braman Jr., of the 100 block of Leister's Church Road, turned himself in to police Monday after a grand jury indicted him on two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sexual offense, one count of child abuse and one count of third-degree sexual offense.Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. granted Mr. Braman's release on $40,000 unsecured bond in a bail review hearing Monday, with the stipulation that he have no contact with the alleged victim.
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December 29, 1993
A 62-year-old Manchester man was being held in the Carroll County Detention Center yesterday on charges that he raped and molested his daughter, now 8, for almost three years, according to Carroll County Circuit Court records.The man, whose name is being withheld to protect his daughter's identity, was being held on $25,000 bail, court records showed.He is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts with the girl from December 1990 to Oct. 7 of this year at their home, according to court documents.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | August 1, 1993
The 74-year-old owner of a Harney convenience store, already charged with fondling a 6-year-old customer, was indicted last week by a county grand jury on sexual abuse charges involving five other youngsters.Luther I. Ridinger, owner of Ridinger's Store at Harney and Conover roads, faces four charges of attempted third-degree sexual offense, two counts of third-degree sexual of fense, four counts of battery, a count of fourth-degree sexual offense and one count of selling cigarettes to a minor stemming from the indictment, which was returned Friday morning.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 25, 2000
A Taneytown man was held in lieu of $500,000 bail yesterday at the county jail after his arrest late Wednesday on charges of sexually abusing two juvenile girls who formerly lived in Carroll County. Jeremy A. Johnson, 21, is accused in the rape of one of the girls, then age 7, and in sex offenses involving both girls between Jan. 1, 1996, and Dec. 30, 1998, court documents show. The girls, now ages 11 and 12, are not being named to protect their privacy. Investigators from the Child Abuse Sexual Assault unit in Westminster interviewed the girls in Anne Arundel County, where they live.
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July 30, 1997
An Upperco man whose 1995 conviction for assault with intent to murder was overturned by a state appellate court last year was resentenced yesterday on various child abuse and sexual offense counts to 60 years in prison.Lee Thomas Barnes, 49, initially received sentences totaling 90 years, 30 of which were imposed for assault with intent to murder, the first of 17 charges against him.Barnes' conviction on the first count was overturned because higher courts have ruled that a defendant who forces sexual contact upon another while knowing he or she carries the AIDS virus cannot be charged with intent to commit murder.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer | August 1, 1993
A Carroll grand jury returned a 34-count indictment against a 27-year-old New Windsor man accused of sexually abusing eight children -- two of them his own -- since 1989.The man's name is being withheld to protect the identity of the children. He has been in the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 full bail since he was arrested last month after Carroll child abuse investigators were told by one of the children that she had been sexually abused in June. That arrest led to the investigation involving the seven other children.
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January 17, 2012
Harford County sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police report: Aberdeen Timothy B. Farrare, 23, of the 300 block of Woodland Green Court, was arrested on a bench warrant Thursday in a case in which he was charged with vandalism and theft less than $1,000. Joshua A. Jones, 21, of the 500 block of Bonnie Drive, was charged Thursday with two counts each of second-degree assault, second-degree sexual offense and third-degree sexual offense. George Walstrum, 33, of the first block of Defense Drive, was arrested on a bench warrant Friday in a case in which he was charged with second-degree assault.
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By John-John Williams IV and John-John Williams IV,Sun Reporter | August 29, 2007
Former Howard County teacher Kirsten Ann Kinley pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to one count of third-degree sex offense for improper sexual conduct with a 15-year-old boy at her Columbia apartment more than two years ago. Similar charges against her involving a second boy were dropped after he refused to cooperate with prosecutors. Neither youth was one of her students. As part of a plea agreement, Kinley, 27, a former special-education teacher at Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville, could receive up to 18 months in jail.
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March 26, 2007
J. KIRK OSBORN, 64 Attorney in Duke lacrosse case J. Kirk Osborn, a lead defense attorney in the Duke University lacrosse sexual assault case, died early yesterday in Chapel Hill, N.C., a fellow defense attorney in the case said. Mr. Osborn suffered a massive heart attack Friday and died shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday, attorney Joe Cheshire said. Mr. Osborn represented Reade Seligmann, one of three Duke lacrosse players charged in the case stemming from a dancer's allegation she was sexually assaulted at a team party.
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October 2, 2005
Havre de Grace Feeding waterfowl may become illegal Anyone who's visited a duck pond, bag of bread in hand, knows: If you feed them, they will come. But in the waterfront city of Havre de Grace, that seemingly harmless ritual soon could be illegal -- and punishable by a $100 fine. A botulism outbreak killed about 150 birds along the waterfront last month -- one of worst cases ever in Maryland, which nature experts say was caused by people feeding the animals. The City Council introduced an ordinance banning the practice Sept.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 9, 2003
The two remaining sexual assault cases against Ellicott City ballet instructor Jose Anibal Macedo were rescheduled yesterday for springtime trials. The cases, which involve separate allegations that the 42-year-old teacher sexually abused two young students during private lessons at his Advance Dance Academy studio, had been scheduled for trial this fall. But Macedo's decision to fire his original lawyers and a judge's recusal from the cases pushed back the trial dates. Macedo, of the 1100 block of Taylor Ave. in Halethorpe, has been convicted of attempted rape and related charges and was sentenced to six years in prison in another case involving a dance student.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2003
A 26-year-old Marine accused of fondling a teen-age recruit during a recruiting tour through parts of Howard County in late March was convicted yesterday of misdemeanor assault and a sexual offense. In a case that pitted the teen-ager's assertion that she told Staff Sgt. Shawn E. Potwin to stop touching her against his insistence that the contact was consensual, District Judge Sue-Ellen Hantman said yesterday that she believed the victim. Not only did the teen-ager testify "that she told him no" the night of the assault, she also called her friend in tears the night of the incident, Hantman said.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2000
An 18-year-old Sykesville man who is accused of raping two middle school girls was released from the Carroll County jail yesterday on a $15,000 bond. Joseph L. Tetlow of the 5600 block of Bartholow Road was charged with two counts each of second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and third-degree sexual offense, and one count of perverted practice. He is accused of having sexual affairs at his home with two girls, who were 12 or 13 at the time, between January and March, court documents show.
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December 29, 1993
A Carroll grand jury has indicted a 21-year-old Mount Airy man on charges that he raped a 12-year-old girl between May and Nov. 4, Circuit Court records show.Michael Shawn Wyatt of the 5500 block of Cindy Court was released yesterday after posting $5,000 bond. Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold ordered him not to have contact with the girl or her family.Mr. Wyatt is charged with second-degree rape, three counts of second-degree sexual offense, two counts of unnatural and perverted sexual practice, sodomy, a third-degree sexual offense and a fourth-degree sexual offense.
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By From staff reports | July 14, 2001
In Baltimore City N.Y. company fined $13,000 for failing to register properties A New York City company has been fined $13,000 in Baltimore District Court for failing to register 26 vacant rental properties it owns here, officials announced yesterday. A judge suspended $7,800 of the fines on condition that Amerifirst Mortgage Corp., headed by Long Island businessman Alexander A. Averella Jr., immediately comply with a Baltimore ordinance requiring owners of nonowner-occupied apartments and houses to register them with the city's housing commissioner or face fines of up to $500 per day for each building.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,SUN STAFF | January 25, 2001
FREDERICK - A Frederick County grand jury indicted Elmer Spencer Jr. yesterday in the slaying of a 9-year-old boy whose battered, naked body was found in a baseball dugout two months ago. Spencer was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, first-degree sexual offense, attempted sexual offense and child abduction in the death of Christopher Lee Ausherman of Frederick. State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle, said he hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty for Spencer, 45, a homeless man with a history of violent and sexual offenses.
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