Judge maintains bail in child abuse caseCarroll...


Judge maintains bail in child abuse case

Carroll Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. yesterday refused to reduce bail for a 27-year-old New Windsor man accused in two indictments of sexually abusing at least 10 children, two of them his own.

His attorney, Coleen S. Clemente, asked the court to reduce bail from $100,000 to $60,000.

The man was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in connection with 11 charges involving two children. He is under indictment on 34 counts of child sexual abuse.

Ms. Clemente said there is no reason to believe the man would not show up for court. She said he turned himself over to police after a second indictment, involving 11 counts of child sexual abuse, was returned by a Carroll grand jury last month.

Arguing against bail reduction, Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill said the defendant is accused of molesting up to 12 children and there may be more.

She said allowing the man to remain free could pose a threat to the community and noted that more than 300 people had signed petitions opposing his release.

"I have no reason to believe that [District Judge JoAnn] Ellinghaus-Jones did not make the right decision" in setting bail, Judge Burns said.

School board hires social studies specialist

A Maryland Department of Education specialist will be the new supervisor of social studies for Carroll County schools.

Margaret M. Altoff of Baltimore will begin work after arranging to leave her current job. The school board appointed her yesterday.

She replaces Donald Vetter, who retired to become a consultant.

Ms. Altoff taught in Baltimore public schools from 1969 to 1987, then spent a year as a specialist in the city schools' social studies office.

In 1988, she became a state specialist, first in education for gifted and talented children, then in social studies.

She has a bachelor's degree from Mount Saint Agnes College and two master's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.

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