A former Taneytown police officer and a driving instructor accepted a plea deal Monday to a charge of sexually abusing a 16-year-old student during a driving lesson.
David R. Logsdon, 34, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, took an Alford plea to one count of sexual abuse of a minor before Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Stansfield on Monday, Jan. 7. An Alford plea is when a defendant agrees the state would likely be able to prove that they are guilty if the case went to trial, but they don’t admit guilt. Sentencing has been scheduled for April 24.
The 16-year-old female was scheduled for one-on-one driving instruction with Logsdon through Greg’s Driving School of Westminster on July 6, 2017, meaning he had temporary care or custody of her during the time the abuse occurred, according to statement of facts prepared by the prosecution, represented by Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Amy Ocampo.
The Carroll County Advocacy & Investigation Center (CCAIC) and Child Protective Services (CPS) investigated. The teen told investigators that she was aware of who Logsdon was, but July 6, 2017, was the first time they interacted, according to the statement.
During the scheduled drive time, she said Logsdon began asking inappropriate questions. When they returned to the driving school building, Logsdon kissed the teenager in the stairwell of the building before sexually abusing her, according to the statement.
Following the interaction, she felt “violated and scared,” she said, according to the statement.
Samples collected from the stairwell by a forensic investigator from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office tested positive for semen. After obtaining a search warrant, investigators took a DNA sample from Logsdon. Logsdon’s sample matched the DNA in the semen sample to the degree that the chances of selecting another Caucasian male match were 1 in 190 octillion.
Rene Sandler, Logsdon’s defense attorney, made a correction to the statement of facts to say that Logsdon was not employed as a police officer at the time of the incident, nor had he intimated he was a police officer at the time of the alleged incident. The state did not contest Sandler’s correction.
Clara Kalman, city clerk of Taneytown, said Logsdon was employed as a police officer with the city from July 22, 2013, through Sept. 25, 2014.
An individual reached at Greg’s Driving School confirmed that Logsdon was not currently employed with the business. A second individual said they could not provide the dates of Logsdon’s employment and did not have a comment on the plea hearing Monday. She referred questions to attorney Daniel Loftus, who had not responded to a call for comment as of 6 p.m. Monday.
“We are pleased with the extent of the proceedings this morning,” Sandler said when reached following the hearing.
Ocampo had not responded to a request for comment as of 6 p.m. Monday.
Logsdon is serving home detention with GPS monitoring. Prior to the April 24 sentencing, he will undergo a sex offender evaluation and pre-sentence investigation.