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Scout leader accused of abuse 20 years...


Scout leader accused of abuse 20 years ago

A veteran Boy Scout leader has been charged with sexually molesting one of his scouts nearly 20 years ago, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the victim, now 30, has been undergoing counseling to deal with psychological problems related to the abuse. He reported the incident recently to state police, according to charging documents.

The incidents, which included fondling and oral sex, occurred from 1975-1978, according to court records.

Dr. Harold A. Neufeld, 70, of Frederick was charged Wednesday with child abuse, second- and third-degree sex offenses and assault and battery. He was released on personal recognizance.

Dr. Neufeld said he had no comment on the charges.

Last month, he was honored as adjunct professor emeritus of science by the board of trustees at Frederick Community College.

Ex-church treasurer indicted in money theft


The former treasurer of a small church near Maugansville has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $180,000 from the church treasury, Maryland State Police said.

The suspect was treasurer at Salem Reformed Church from 1990 until January. The church inherited an estate in December 1991 and the money was deposited in an account that the treasurer controlled, Trooper Jeff Hewett said.

The treasurer wrote 10 checks to himself that depleted the $183,364 account within a six-month period beginning in June 1992, police said. James Bryan, president of the church council, discovered the money missing when the treasurer left office in January.

Michael Allen Creek, 42, who lives in Washington County, was indicted on 11 counts of felony theft, police said.

School board needs student representative


The Frederick County school board is having a difficult time finding anyone willing to serve as the board's nonvoting student representative.

In May, school officials asked the Association of Student Councils for nominations to fill the slot for the school year, but no one has volunteered.

"I don't know why that happened," said program coordinator Russell Beaton. "Obviously we have to have a student voice on the board."

Carrie Anthony, last year's student board member, said the problem stems from a "dramatic decline" in the number of students participating in student government programs.

Students aren't involved in student government as much as they used to be because the program lacks direction and purpose in the eyes of most students, she said.

Mr. Beaton said some students may have been hesitant to apply because they don't have enough time. Student board members are asked to attend two meetings each month, read stacks of paperwork and serve as a liaison between student government organizations and the school board.

It's possible that as more high schools adopt a four-period day, fewer students are willing to miss school to attend the board meetings, Mr. Beaton said.

School officials hope to fill the unpaid position by September.

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