The principal of a Maryland high school announced Tuesday that she is stepping down six months after a locker room sexual assault case raised questions about whether football players were adequately supervised and whether the attack was properly reported to police.
School officials in suburban Maryland will hire an outside firm to help in an investigation of reporting practices and supervision issues after a sexual assault case involving football players who allegedly attacked four of their teammates with a broomstick at Damascus High School.
McDonogh School administrators shared the details of the external investigation into the co-ed boarding school’s history of sexual assault allegations made against faculty members, dating from the 1940s to the mid-1980s.
The Maryland General Assembly has passed legislation requiring testing of most rape kits and adding transparency to the process. The legislation requires forensic testing of evidence collected from a person who says they were a victim of rape, unless the victim does not consent to the testing.
At his first Mayor and Common Council meeting as head of the Westminster Police Department, Chief Thomas Ledwell outlined his policing and public safety initiatives during a week in which a rape was reported at a public library and a trooper shot a man after he was stabbed.
For the second time in less than three years, Baltimore County officials say they will review the way police conduct sexual assault investigations following continued complaints about how authorities handle the cases.
A Maryland judge presiding over the sexual assault cases stemming from alleged broomstick attacks in a high school football locker room ordered a 15-year-old suspect’s case transferred to juvenile court, the second such move within a week in the case.
After a doctor who practiced in Westminster was found to have committed sexual misconduct, the Times reached out to local resources for sexual assault victims on how best to start a conversation about sexual misconduct by medical caregivers.
The prosecution of four Damascus High School football players accused as adults of sexually assaulting four teammates with a broomstick begins a critical phase Friday when a Maryland judge is expected to decide if Will Daniel Smith, 15, should be tried in adult court or be moved to juvenile court.
Brian Keith Zorn, 33, of the 3200 block of Chestnut Street, has been charged with second-degree rape, third-degree sex offense, contribute to condition of child/delinquent, fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and harassment, according to electronic court records.
Four Maryland teenagers accused of sexually assaulting football teammates in a locker room were indicted Thursday by a grand jury, with additional conspiracy charges that line up with prosecutors’ contention that the suspects acted together during the alleged broomstick attacks at Damascus High.
The University of Maryland School of Medicine planned to announce a sweeping initiative Friday that aims to change the culture in the venerable institution that took a public bruising recently from allegations that officials there failed to consider the poor treatment of women.
Baltimore County government is poised to hire a private law firm to help defend itself against a federal class-action lawsuit that claims police failed to properly investigate sexual assaults involving students at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
A second high school in the Maryland suburbs has confronted an alleged episode of hazing involving football players, officials confirmed — as administrators contend with continuing concern about alleged sexual assaults by players at Damascus High, a football powerhouse.
The sexual assaults of four high school football players in Maryland last week were part of a hazing ritual at Damascus High School involving a broomstick, according to the accounts of suspects and victims detailed in a police report about the allegations.
On Nov. 15, two Baltimore County police detectives sat down at a Chick-fil-A to interview three University of Maryland, Baltimore County, baseball players accused of rape, according to investigative notes. The interviews, in total, lasted about an hour.
Jorge Fuentes, 54, was found guilty Oct. 15 of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl that a relative of his was babysitting, according to news release from office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.
The president said Fridthat UMBC would start implementing mandatory training for students, faculty and staff on campus. The training would be in-person and live and not online, and would focus on areas such as trauma, prevention and what happens during the reporting process after an incide
In an announcement Thursday from a university leadership committee and several student organizations, the university affirmed plans to cooperate on several measures, including developing a scope of work for an outside expert to review sexual misconduct practices.
None of us has enough evidence to make a decisive conclusion about Dr. Ford’s testimony. But to assume her experience is false and to cast her as a bad person for talking about her experience communicates to family members who are victims that their own stories will not be taken seriously.
I was sexually assaulted — raped — in my early 20s. It's not something I've come to terms with (if one ever does) until recently. Being a man, it's a bit more difficult to reveal these things. Men are supposed to be strong. Victims are sissies.
Towson University released its annual report of crime on campus last week showing a rise in stalking incidents and revised its three previous reports to indicate that some crimes, including sexual assault and dating violence, had been undercounted.