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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.

UPDATE (February 14, 2017 3:45 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have obtained images from surveillance video of the suspect involved in the sexual assault of a woman on York Road on January 5.

The suspect is seen driving onto the parking lot of Central Presbyterian Church in the 7300 block of York Road around 7:15 p.m., parking what police believe to be a silver Honda Accord. The suspect jogs off of the parking lot toward York Road, where he approaches the woman from behind and sexually assaults her. He runs from the area of the assault back to his vehicle, and at approximately 7:50 p.m. drives off the parking lot towards York Road. It is unknown which direction he travels on York Road.

Anyone who may recognize the suspect or vehicle depicted here is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

This crime continues to be investigated by Baltimore County Police Special Victims Team.





Original Release (January 11, 2017 3:05 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating the sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman last Thursday night in the 7000 block of York Road in Precinct 6, Towson.

The crime occurred around 7:40 p.m. when an unknown male approached a woman from behind as she was walking southbound on York Road near Dumbarton Road and sexually assaulted her. He then fled the area northbound on York Road.

The woman sought help from a nearby resident, who called police.

The woman was able to describe the suspect as a black male with a medium complexion, 5'3 - 5'5, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information on this crime or suspect is asked to contact Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020.

Anyone with information on this case can also submit a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP. For more information on other ways to contact Metro Crime Stoppers, as well as information on rewards offered by or through them, check their website at Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses. Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message, or online.

Revised June 27, 2017