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Keyword: sexual assault

Update: (12/9/19 12:00 p.m.)

Photo of Quinn, arrested for child sex offense.Baltimore County Police have charged the suspect responsible for sexually assaulting a child on December 2, 2019. Royal Jamar Robert Quinn, 24, of the 3000-block of Wayne Avenue, 21207 has been charged with attempted kidnapping, second degree rape, third degree sex offense, robbery, false imprisonment, assault, and theft.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit conducted an extensive investigation and were subsequently able to identify Quinn as the suspect.Quinn is currently being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status.

Original Release: (12/2/19 6:35 p.m.) 

Baltimore County Police are investigating the sexual assault of a child on school property this morning. 

The child reported the incident to school officials at Norwood Elementary School in Dundalk immediately upon arriving at the school this morning. The school resource officer recovered surveillance video of an unknown black male suspect dressed in all dark clothing sexually assaulting the child on a footpath near the baseball fields, then fleeing the school property on foot.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit are continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone who may have information on this incident or other potentially related suspicious activity is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020

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 arrested a substitute teacher yesterday morning on child abuse and sexual assault charges.

Scott Thomas McCruden (31) of the 600 block of Orems Road in Essex is charged with Sex Abuse of a Minor, 3rd Degree Sex Offense, 4th Degree Sexual Contact, and 2nd Degree Child Abuse of a Child in his Custody. A warrant for his arrest was issued by the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County on July 19, which was served at his home around 6:30 a.m. yesterday morning.

McCruden was hired by the parents of a 9-year-old girl as a babysitter and tutor in September 2017, but they ended his employment by May 2018, when their child began to exhibit signs of anxiety and distress at times when McCruden was scheduled to babysit.

Police were also contacted at that time, and an investigation into McCruden revealed he had inappropriate physical and sexual contact with the girl while she was in his care at both his home and her's, and in his vehicle at times when he picked her up from school. The abuse ranged from "disciplinary" pinching to inappropriate touching and pinching of the girl's buttocks.

McCruden was temporarily employed by Baltimore County Public Schools as a substitute teacher between September 2017 and June 2018, working mainly in schools in eastern Baltimore County for varying grades and subjects. He is no longer employed by Baltimore County Public Schools.

Police and school officials do not believe that McCruden had any inappropriate behavior with minors while working in the capacity of a substitute teacher on school property. Still, detectives from the Baltimore County Police Crimes Against Children Unit urge parents to speak with their children about notifying a trusted adult if they believe they have experienced any type of inappropriate touching and contact police if they believe their child has had any inappropriate contact with McCruden.

McCruden is presently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status pending a bail review hearing later today.

Revised June 27, 2017