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Lawsuit alleges culture of covering up sexual assault complaints in Baltimore County, UMBC

Lawsuit alleges culture of covering up sexual assault complaints in Baltimore County, UMBC

More than a year after Baltimore County officials pledged to reform how sexual assault cases are investigated, a new class-action lawsuit alleges that county prosecutors and detectives continued to cover up complaints.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court, was brought by two former University of Maryland, Baltimore County students, who say they were raped in separate incidents that they reported to university and county police. The two women allege in the suit that authorities humiliated, intimidated and deceived them as part of an intentional effort to “cover up justifiable complaints of sexual assault.”

Defendants include Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott...

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