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The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through November. This edition covers the following segments.

  • Drug Abuse and Awareness – Captain Matthew Gorman, commander of the Vice and Narcotics Section, talks about drug abuse in our community, and how to identify drugs and paraphernalia. The  County Administration, Police and Health departments are working together to combat this crisis.
  • Cadet Program – Lieutenant Michael Steinebrunner and current cadets provide an overview of the cadet program, their daily assignments, and instructions on how to apply to become a police officer or cadet.
  • Unsolved Homicide: Artis Holt, Jr. – The public's help is needed in solving the murder of a young father and former college athlete, 27-year-old Artis Holt, Jr. He was fatally shot walking across a parking lot in the 8000 block of Liberty Road in the Windsor Mill area on February 21, 2019.

These segments are available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

On the Beat also airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

At a recent seminar on animal abuse, members of the Baltimore County Police Department, the Baltimore County Animal Services, the Office of the State's Attorney, and veterinarians met with various groups to discuss the problems associated with animal abuse and the correlations it has to further violent behavior, arguing for stricter enforcement and stronger laws.

During the daylong session, attendees were reminded that, in some cases, animal abuse is a precursor to domestic abuse. Oftentimes the victim in a domestic case is fearful of leaving the abusive situation because there is a pet at home. The abuser threatens the victim by threatening to harm or kill the pet if the victim leaves.

Another issue is the lack of shelters for the pets of the victims. That is starting to change. Social workers found that the victims will leave their home if they know there is a safe place for their pets. We forget that pets are part of the family and are loved. Finding shelter for household pets can become another difficult factor in the decision to leave an abusive relationship.

Animal abuse has been found to be a precursor to violence against other people. When investigators looked into the past of serial killers, they found that animal abuse is often the start of their criminal activity. Recent Texas serial shooter, Devin Kelley, was court-martialed in 2012 and sentenced to a year in prison for domestic assault on his stepson. He subsequently received a "bad conduct" discharge by the Air force. Kelley was arrested in 2014 for animal abuse after tormenting a dog by punching, hitting and throwing the defenseless animal. Other serial killers follow much the same path; they abuse animals and then proceed to abusing and killing people.

Our officers learned that if a child is found abusing animals, there may be something causing the violent and cruel behavior. Most likely there is physical abuse in the home, either of the child or another family member. The child copes by copying the same behavior as the abuser. However, studies have also shown that sexual abuse of a child also often leads the child to engage in the abuse of animals. Helping these children at an early age may prevent the escalation of violent behavior and future tragedies.

Prosecutors at the conference are working with police to go beyond the normal questions when handling a domestic violence call. Officers were told to inquire further regarding children and pets. With this information, our officers can make the necessary calls to the Department of Social Services. Officers can find out if there is an agency that can take the animals out of the home and place them in a safe environment while the children go with their abused parent. If the victim feels the children and pets will be safe, they will most likely leave with the officer and be taken to a safe house.

This is one of many conferences that Baltimore County Police attend to further their knowledge. As an officer and professional, it is important to keep up with the latest trends in crime prevention. Baltimore County Police constantly strive to make Baltimore County a safe and comfortable place to live and work.

Photo of Scott Nawrozki, school teacher charged with sex offense.Baltimore County Police have charged Scott Martin Nawrozki, 54, of the 2100 block of Brookhaven Court, 21047, with sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree custodial child abuse, fourth-degree sex offense by a person of authority, and fourth-degree sex offense vaginal intercourse by a person of authority.

This investigation began when a juvenile student disclosed sexual activity with a teacher at Milford Mill Academy, located in the 3800 block of Washington Avenue, 21244. The victim told officials that several incidents occurred on and off of school property in May and June.

The victim described sexual encounters inside the teacher’s classroom and in the area of the Liberty Reservoir during school hours. The victim also told investigators that both sent suggestive photographs to each other during the time period.  

If anyone has information about additional victims or information about this case, please call the Baltimore County Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit at 410-853-3650.

Scott Nawrozki is currently being held on denied bail status at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017