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Marcus Coleman
Prosecutors drop sexual abuse charges against City College staff member

Prosecutors dropped charges Monday against Ryan Marcus Coleman, a former City College administrator accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old student, saying they lacked sufficient evidence to take the case to trial. Coleman, 36, was charged in July 2010 with sex abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. Assistant state's attorneys Michael Leedy and Katherine Smeltzer dropped all of those charges in Baltimore Circuit Court just before jury selection and a trial were slated to begin. Mark Cheshire, a spokesman for Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein, declined to comment further. According to Howard Cardin, Coleman's lawyer, a prosecutor...