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The parents of a young boy who was molested by a summer camp's recruiter have filed a multimillion-dollar suit in Baltimore County Circuit Court against the recruiter and the camp's owners.

The recruiter, Scott Greenberg of the 6900 block of Copperbend Lane, was convicted Dec. 17 of a fourth-degree sexual offense -- a misdemeanor -- by Baltimore County Circuit Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr. Greenberg, 34, was placed on probation and prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with children under age 15.

Although Greenberg, whose parents, Frederick and Evelyn Greenberg own the Timber Ridge camp in High View, W.Va., had pleaded not guilty, he agreed not to contest the state's version of what had taken place.

Asked why he would proceed with an agreed-upon statement of facts if he was innocent, Greenberg said: "I was trying to avoid the publicity that I ultimately got anyway."

In the lawsuit, filed May 15, the boy's parents charge the defendants with fraud, negligent hiring and supervision, intentional infliction of emotional distress and battery. They are seeking $6 million on each count.

According to the state's evidence and the lawsuit, Scott Greenberg went to the boy's home June 16, 1991 to ease his fears about attending summer camp for the first time. The boy was 9 years old.

Greenberg told the boy's parents he would take the boy along with him while he did some last-minute shopping for camp supplies. Instead, according to the statement of facts, Greenberg took the boy to his Copperbend Lane home. There Greenberg got into his hot tub with the boy, took a shower with him and washed the boy's genitals. According to the evidence, Greenberg then wrapped the boy in a towel, carried him to his bedroom and said: "I love you. Do you love me?"

Later, Greenberg drove the boy to Hunt Valley Mall, where he bought him a $35 motorized toy boat.

Yesterday, Greenberg and his attorney, Larry M. Waranch, vigorously denied the allegations in the suit and said the boy's parents made up the story to "extort" money.

"He wasn't touched -- that's why I pleaded 'not guilty,' " said Greenberg, who has decided not to work at the camp this summer. "It's absolutely not true. The whole thing was a fabricated story on the father's part to extort money."

But the boy's father denied this. "I'm not trying to extort money," he said. "I'm trying to bring justice."

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