State legislators and victim advocates called for reforms in the way sexual abuse cases are handled in Maryland, including stricter reporting requirements when incidents are discovered, in the wake of a Baltimore Sun investigation related to John Merzbacher, a one-time lay teacher at Catholic Community Middle School in Locust Point.
Court documents analyzed in The Sun investigation indicate that the school's principal and other Catholic officials were aware sexual abuse of students that took place in the 1970s, but did not report it until Merzbacher was criminally investigated in the 1990s. Merzbacher is serving four life terms for rape and other crimes committed while teaching at the school, but is seeking his release in a federal appeal.
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