TIMONIUM, Md. —
A 26-year-old Timonium man is charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl during a recent Sunday morning Mass at a Catholic church, Baltimore County police said.
Terrence Shondry Smalls, of the 10400 block of Rainbow Ridge Drive, was arrested and charged with sex abuse of a minor, second-degree assault, child abuse second-degree custodian and second-degree sex offense. He is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $75,000 bail.
Police said officers responded Nov. 27 to the Church of the Nativity on the unit block of East Ridgely Road in Timonium for a sexual child abuse call. The victim told her mother that she had been sexually abused by Smalls, who was volunteering in the church nursery during a Sunday morning Mass, police said.
Detectives learned that Smalls has been employed or volunteered at a number of locations which put him in contact with children, including:
> Currently babysitting children under 6 through an ad on www.sitter.com
> Currently working as an assistant at Pot Spring Elementary School
> Volunteering with a Girl Scout troop that met at Pot Spring Elementary School and Epworth
Church from 2011 to 2015
> Before- and after-care program at Pot Spring Elementary School from 2011 to 2014
> Church of the Nativity
> Little Gym in Hunt Valley from July to October 2016
There are no known victims at locations other than the Church of the Nativity, police said.
Archdiocese of Baltimore spokesman Sean Caine released the following statement regarding Small's arrest:
"Terrence Smalls, a former volunteer at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, was arrested yesterday on charges of child sex abuse. Mr. Smalls began volunteer work with the church in 2010 and was involved in various children’s programs. On December 2, 2016, after being given permission by the Police to do so, the Church of the Nativity sent an email to its parishioners indicating that a volunteer was under investigation by Baltimore County Police after an allegation of sexual abuse with a minor had arisen earlier that week. In the email, people with additional information were asked by the parish to contact Baltimore County Police.
"The Archdiocese and the Church of the Nativity have been cooperating with authorities since they immediately reported the matter on November 27, 2016. They appreciate the work of the Baltimore County Police in this matter. All Archdiocesan volunteers who work with children are screened for criminal histories and the national sex offender registry, and go through training on how to recognize, prevent, and report child abuse. Mr. Smalls went through this process in 2010 and again in 2015.
"The Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Church of the Nativity are committed to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We urge anyone who has any knowledge of any child sexual abuse to come forward and to report it immediately to civil authorities."
Anyone with information about Smalls is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020. People may also call Baltimore County police's crimes against children unit at 410-853-3650 or the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection Hotline at 1-866-417-7469.
A Sherburne, NY man is facing multiple counts of first-degree sexual abuse, among other charges.
Chenango County Sheriff's Office arrested Justin J. Harrington, 28, on Thursday after receiving a complaint of abuse. It is alleged that Harrington subjected a victim younger 13 to the sexual contact on multiple occasions, according to a media release from deputies.
He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and forcible touching.
Harrington was arraigned in Sherburne Town Court and sent to the Chenango County jail on $10,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court at a later date.
The Child Advocacy Center in the City of Norwich assisted with the investigation, the release said.
WEBSTER CITY, Iowa —
Paul Steven Stenger, 64, of Webster City is charged with lascivious acts with a child and second-degree sexual abuse.
On Thursday, the Webster City Community School District received a letter of resignation from Stenger dated December 5, 2016. According to the board, the resignation is effective immediately and does not require Board action.
Webster City police said Stenger's arrest stems from an ongoing investigation into allegations made against him involving an individual under the age of 18.
According to court documents, the victim told police the abuse happened on several occasions over the last two years.
“Nothing is easy when you are dealing with a kid as a victim, so everybody steps up and we do everything we can,” Webster City police Chief Shiloh Mork said.
Stenger has been a school board member for Webster City Community Schools since September of 2015. The school board represents 1,650 students.
“I think it's always concerning where you have someone who has put themselves in a position where they have access to children,” said Keri Holmes Rojas, who has grandchildren in the Webster City school district.
Superintendent Mike Sherwood said he is shocked by the charges and has no reason to believe Stenger abused any other children. Sherwood said Stenger’s interaction with students would have been limited.
“We take the safety of our children very seriously and always will,” Sherwood said. “And anytime we have any indication of anything that would be wrongdoing concerning a student or a child, we address it.”
Police said their investigation shows this is an isolated incident, but they will continue to investigate.
“I have nothing to indicate that he has used his position on the school board to target children or select victims, so to speak,” Mork said.
Rojas said she is glad the child, in this case, told someone they trusted.
“I think it's important to let kids know that if they are afraid to raise their voice and they come and just whisper it to us, we'll raise our voice for them,” Rojas said.
Sexual abuse in the second-degree is a class B felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 25 years. Lascivious acts with a child is a class C felony punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
On Wednesday night, a sheriff’s deputy responded to a local hospital in reference to a sexual battery case.
Benitez-Lopez told investigators that sometime after Halloween he had "a moment of weakness" with the child, but that it only happened once.
How about 2 years of weakness!
Benitez-Lopez is charged with sexual battery and impregnation of a child.
DENISON, Texas (KXII) -- A Denison man is arraigned on charges that he sexually abused a child for years.
Christopher Henry was arrested for continuous sexual abuse of a child and aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Police say the abuse continued for at least 3 years before the victim came forward.
Henry's due back in court for those charges in January.
KXII has recently learned he's facing similiar charges regarding another child, which are expected to be presented to a grand jury next week.
He remains at the county jail on $250,000 bond.
Cullman County Sheriff Matt Genry said the victim came forward to sheriff's investigators after the incident took place, and they launched an investigation. Because of the graphic nature of the crime, the sheriff said they would not be releasing additional details.
McCurry is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center with bonds totaling $100,000.
"I just can't see how someone would want to harm a child,'' Gentry said. "There is no punishment severe enough for anyone who does this to a child."
I totally agree, Sheriff!
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – A New Hanover County woman and her teenage son are in jail on child sex abuse charges.
Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Lt. Jerry Brewer says Russell knew her son was sexually assaulting a 9-year-old child.
Arrest warrants show the alleged abuse happened between March and August of this year.
Russell is charged with felony child abuse-sexual act. She is in jail under a $150,000 bond.
According to a NC Department of Public Safety newsletter, Russell is a correctional officer at Tabor Correctional Institution.
Kingsley is charged with statutory sex offense with a child younger than 15 and indecent liberties with a child.
His bond is set at $250,000
CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WWAY) — A decorated Marine officer at Camp Lejeune is facing charges for an alleged sexual assault of a child.
Col. Wilson has been with the Marine Corps since 1981. He was removed from his post and reassigned to administrative duties after the investigation started, according to the release.
Col. Wilson was given two military counsels, but it’s not known whether he retained the services of civilian defense counsel, according to the release.
The release said an Article 32 hearing will happen in the near future, but a specific date has not been set.
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) — A man accused of sexual abuse of a child in Garvin County has been tracked down in Mexico.
The US Marshals worked with Mexican authorities to capture Durfey.
Durfey has been transported to Laredo, Texas as he awaits extradition to Oklahoma.
Huh? Why is he in Texas? Why wasn't he extradited straight to Oklahoma? Weird!