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Keyword: child sexual abuse

Baltimore County Police have charged Cameron Shane Giovanelli, former pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Dundalk, with a number of sexual assault charges stemming from a case involving a then 17-year-old student. Police believe there may be other victims and are hoping they will have the courage to come forward. 

Booking photo of Cameron Shane DiovanelliGiovanelli (42) now residing in Orange Park, Florida, is charged with the sexual abuse of a minor, perverted practice, and 4th degree sexual offense stemming from illegal sexual contact he had with a student at the school between January and August of 2007. The abuse of the student began with unsolicited kissing and progressed, taking place nearly daily either within the school offices on church property or at other off-property locations.

An investigation was opened in May of 2018 when the victim reported the abuse to police. The completed investigation was submitted to the Office of the State's Attorney at which time the decision was made to charge Giovanelli. An arrest warrant was obtained and served on Monday when Giovanelli voluntarily turned himself in to police on Tuesday. He was released on his own recognizance at an initial bail hearing under the condition that he have no contact with any minor.

Based on information provided by the victim, police believe it is likely there are additional victims who were abused by Giovanelli during his time as pastor at the church and school located in the 7300 block of Manchester Road. Giovanelli was pastor there from 2003 through 2014. Anyone who may have additional information or was victimized by Giovanelli is encouraged to contact detectives from the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit by calling 410-853-3650.

Baltimore County Police have charged a Havre De Grace man in connection with an inappropriate relationship he had with a 17-year-old female student.

On May 14, Baltimore County Police became aware that a Towson High School teacher had been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student at the school. The student told investigators that the teacher would drive her to areas that included Cromwell Valley Park, Roland Park, and Wymann Park. He also drove her to work and  home. In March, the relationship became physical.

The student described the physical contact between her and the teacher as kissing and the teacher touching her in inappropriate areas over her clothing. She did not touch the teacher in an inappropriate area.

Investigators reviewed emails sent between the teacher and the student. The review indicated references to kissing and sexualized writing. Nothing in the review indicated any unreported sexual contact or sexual acts.

The investigation indicated that the contact between the teacher and the student did not involve sexual intercourse.

The teacher has been identified as 36-year-old Richard James Hanna of the 4000 block of Rock Run Road 21078. He has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and related charges. He was released on $10,000 bail.

Revised June 27, 2017