Former policeman released on bail in child abuse case SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber


Former Sykesville Police Sgt. Alphonso Rudalphes Griffin, indicted on child sexual abuse charges in June, was released from the Carroll County Detention Center last night on $25,000 bail.

Mr. Griffin, 36, appeared before Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. yesterday after surrendering to police Tuesday. The judge allowed Mr. Griffin to post a $2,500 surety bond.

The three-count indictment accuses Mr. Griffin of molesting a 17-year-old girl from the time she was 12 until last January. The indictment says Mr. Griffin performed sex acts and engaged in sexually explicit talk with the girl on many occasions.

According to court officials, Mr. Griffin resigned in May from the Sykesville Police Department, where he had been a police officer for almost 14 years, after he was told of the state police investigation.

Mr. Griffin told the judge yesterday that he now rents a room at a motel on Pulaski Highway in Baltimore. He is a security guard at a Catonsville restaurant.

The former Sykesville resident was charged with child abuse, fourth-degree sex offense and battery. If he is convicted on all counts, he could face 16 years in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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