A 73-year-old Elkton man is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center in connection with a sexual abuse charge involving a minor.

Frank Small, of the 1200 block of West Pulaski Highway in Elkton, appeared before Harford District Court Judge Victor Butanis for a bail review hearing Tuesday afternoon. Small is charged with the sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree assault.

Small is registered as a tier two sexual offender and is not permitted to have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18, Assistant State's Attorney Tracey Delp told Butanis.

In this particular incident, Delp said, Small was in a position of trust and allegedly offered a minor a ride home, which is when the abuse allegedly occurred.


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She referred to him as a flight risk and a danger to the community and requested for him to be held without bond.

Upon questioning from Butanis, Delp said she was not able to immediately find out the age of the child in question.

Public Defender Lynne McChrystal requested for a bail to be set, pointing out that Small recently had open heart surgery and attends church on Wednesday and Sunday each week.

The pastor's wife at his church also spoke during the bail review hearing and said Small was an "upstanding" man and "one, good citizen."

Butanis, however, denied bail, saying Small has "very serious charges" and a "very serious background."