| Jun 8, 2013
| 3:51 PM
Every time I drive between Baltimore and Washington and come upon those big, spooky National Security Agency buildings in Fort Meade, I have cinematic thoughts about what goes on inside. I imagine the best and brightest of surveillance nerds spying on...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 2:55 PM
Cecil Singleton had settled in to watch an episode of "Parenthood" when he caught a TV news teaser featuring the words "Elmo sex scandal." A man had accused puppeteer Kevin Clash — the man behind the world's most popular Sesame Street puppet —...
| May 8, 2013
| 5:42 PM
Anne Arundel County police are investigating sexual abuse allegations by a former student at Monsignor Slade Catholic School in Glen Burnie, officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Wednesday.
In a letter posted on the archdiocese website and...
| May 2, 2012
| 10:30 AM
It is difficult to describe my feelings on reading about the horrific story years of violence and sexual abuse of Catholic school children at the hands of John Merzbacher ("Prepared to make their voices heard," April 29).
That there could be any chance...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 3:36 PM
Baltimore prosecutors plan to look into new sexual abuse allegations from the 1970s against former Catholic school teacher John Merzbacher, according to his most recent accuser.
"They're investigating what I reported," said Donna Berger, 48. She met with...
| Dec 3, 2012
| 9:00 AM
Maryland is one of three states that requires workers in certain occupations to report child abuse but whose law doesn't include criminal sanctions against those who fail to do so, according to a state legislative analysis.
That distinction met with...
| Nov 25, 2012
| 8:06 AM
The Catholic-school teacher had a pre-teen student pinned to the ground in his Baltimore classroom, the girl's blouse open and her chest exposed when the doorknob suddenly turned and the school principal — a nun — burst in.
| Nov 26, 2012
| 7:30 PM
State legislators and sexual-abuse victim advocates called Monday for reforms in the way such cases are handled in Maryland, including stricter reporting requirements when incidents are discovered.
State Sen. Delores G. Kelley, a Baltimore Democrat, said...
| Jun 23, 2011
| 5:32 PM
A celebrated liturgical scholar has been permanently removed from Catholic ministry in the wake of a "credible allegation" that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a child in Baltimore three decades ago, according to Jesuit officials.
The acts by...
| Nov 25, 2011
| 3:00 AM
Child abuse demands that we choose sides. The victim demands that we speak up and take action; the perpetrator demands that we remain silent. Do-nothing bystanders collude with the abuser, enabling him to continue devouring children. That's what is...
| May 22, 2011
Often, when the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis is discussed, some defender of the church will accurately point out that no other institution has done more to study itself and to create safeguards that protect children in the area of sexual abuse....
| May 24, 2011
| 4:30 AM
Anyone familiar with criminal justice studies realizes how flawed many of them are, and the recently released "The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002" appears to be a prime example....