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Charges dropped against former guard


The Baltimore County state's attorney's office yesterday dropped charges against former county correctional officer and convicted sex offender Thomas E. Webb, accused of sex offenses and perverted practices involving a 16-year-old girl who was an inmate in 1997.

Assistant State's Attorney John Cox declined to say why he dropped the charges in the most recent case. Webb's lawyer, Lon C. Engel, also declined comment.

Webb, 39, was convicted in January of fourth-degree sex offense, perverted practice, second-degree assault and misconduct in office after taking another inmate to a jail office and forcing her to commit a sexual act in January 1997.

A jury convicted Webb after a DNA analyst testified that several "genetic markers" extracted from a T-shirt taken from the victim matched Webb's DNA.

Pub Date: 12/02/98

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