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City legal aide faces sex charges


The director of the community services division for the Baltimore City State's Attorney's office turned himself in to police last night after a warrant was issued charging him with sexual abuse of a relative.

Donald Todd, 39, of the 1700 block of Lakeside Ave. surrendered to police detectives at 6:10 p.m. at the state's attorney's office on charges of sexual child abuse, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and battery, said a Baltimore police spokesman, Sam Ringgold.

Mr. Todd was booked into the men's lockup at the Central District, where he was awaiting an appearance before a court commissioner, Mr. Ringgold said.

Mr. Todd, who is not an attorney, has been chief of the community services division for about six years, said city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. He has been an employee of the office since at least 1983, she said.

Mr. Todd oversees a bereavement center that counsels survivors of homicide victims; a unit that works to shut down drug houses through civil abatement; and victim-witness services, which help crime victims find counseling and compensation for burial and medical expenses, Mrs. Jessamy said.

He recently helped dedicate a memorial garden for family members of murder victims in the city.

Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John P. Cox, who heads his office's sex-offense unit and oversaw the investigation, said it involved allegations by a relative of Mr. Todd's that he had molested her about five years ago, when she was under the age of 18.

Mr. Cox said the relative is now an adult, though he could not provide her age last night.

He said the woman approached police with the allegations about a week ago.

Mrs. Jessamy said last night that her office had turned the matter over to the Baltimore County State's Attorney. "There's an obvious conflict of interest for our office," she said.

She had few details of the charges against Mr. Todd, and said she would determine today how the arrest would affect his $40,000 position with the city.

"No one that you know, no one that worked with you, would you be happy to hear this about," Mrs. Jessamy said.

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