Covid-19 Update & Flooding: With the spread of Covid-19, The Blue Ribbon Project is following guidance from our local and state government and will be postponing all Volunteer events until further notice. In addition to this, The Blue Ribbon Project recently experienced a significant flood to the lower floor of our building. Repairs are being made, however, this has made some of our rooms inaccessible. Mirah's Closet and other portions of The Blue Ribbon Project are OPEN by appointment.
An Edgewater man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s office.
Gabriel Morales, 31, pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of a minor on Oct. 4. On Monday, Circuit Court Judge Michele Jaklitsch sentenced him to 25 years, suspended all but 10 years of active incarceration, and 5 years of supervised probation upon release. Morales is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the State’s Attorney’s office.
A former Maryland City youth soccer coach received an 18-year prison sentence after he was convicted of sexually abusing a player earlier this year.
Eris Murray, 56, of Hanover was sentenced Wednesday by Circuit Court Judge Cathy Vitale after he was found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, second degree sex offense and sodomy.
The player, now a teenager, told investigators last year Murray sexually assaulted him while he was staying at Murray's home on two occasions between 2008 and 2012.
He was between 8 and 12 years old during that period.
An officer’s badge tends to be their most recognizable mark. But, how often do we see what’s beyond the badge?
Meet Taylor Pyles, Annapolis Police Department Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division and founder of the non-profit community organization, The Blue-Ribbon Project.
After a decade working as a disc jockey for WNAV 1430 AM in Annapolis, Pyles wanted to take part in something more rewarding, so he traded in his microphone for a badge at the Annapolis Police Department. After working five years in the Patrol Division, Pyles moved to the Criminal Investigations Division where he primarily investigates violent crimes and crimes against children.
As a former foster child himself, Pyles wanted a way to help others in the foster care system. In 2013, he developed a website as a resource for adult survivors of abuse complete with articles on mental health, drug addiction, and more.
John Vigna was a star at Cloverly Elementary School, a charismatic, gregarious teacher beloved by children and parents. “Everyone’s favorite,” his principal said. But there was a problem: He had been privately warned about crossing the line with his students.
The popular educator was admonished in 2008 for inappropriately having a child on his lap. Three months later, there was a similar incident, according to court records. After a third complaint in 2013, he signed a pledge to avoid “any physical contact at all” with students.
He stayed in the classroom — but he did not keep his word.
Vigna, 50, was sentenced this month to 48 years in prison for sexually abusing four students over the course of 15 years at the school in Silver Spring, Md. His case underscored a concern that has come up before in Montgomery County schools: Why leave a teacher with a history of suspicious conduct alone with children?
Court testimony and records point to repeated warning signs about Vigna’s behavior over a period of years, raising questions about how well he was supervised, how many incidents are too many and how effective Montgomery is at keeping students safe despite recent efforts to improve child-abuse policy and procedures.
On June 30, 2017 at 6:37 a.m. officers responded for a report of a found infant. An apparently hours old Hispanic male infant was found outside a home in the 2000 block of Forest Drive. The infant appeared to be in good health and was transported to a local hospital for care.
We are concerned about the health of the mother of the child and are asking her to come forward to receive medical care. She may need medical attention or be a victim of a crime. Anyone with information about the identity of the mother or about her whereabouts is urged to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439. Please don’t share personal information on our social media pages.
Three former Penn State officials are getting jail time for failing to report convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky to authorities.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and former vice president Gary Schultz will have to spend two months in jail. Former athletic director Tim Curley will spend three months in jail. The rest of their sentences will be served in house arrest.
Spanier, who received a sentence of four to 12 months, plans to appeal. Curley received a sentence of seven to 23 months, and Schultz was sentenced to six to 23 months. All three were also fined and ordered to perform community service.
Spanier was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor child endangerment, while Curley and Schultz pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children.
Sentencing guidelines had called for up to a year in prison.
Mike McQueary, a graduate coaching assistant, told administrators that he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in a football team shower in 2001. Spanier, Curley and Schultz didn't report Sandusky to child welfare authorities or police.
"Why Mr. Sandusky was allowed to continue to the Penn State facilities is beyond me," Judge John Boccabella said. "All three ignored the opportunity to put an end to [Sandusky's] crimes when they had a chance to do so."
Juvenile Sex Offenders
A sad fact is that sometimes children and teens are sex offenders. Some of these children may live in a home that is investigated for neglect and abuse, while others may be in foster case. It’s vital that the safety and wellbeing of children in these homes is looked after.
When a child is in a dangerous home environment, every effort should be made to get him or her to safety. However, healing doesn’t stop with providing a child with a safer home. Children who suffer abuse often continue to suffer in other ways long after they are separated from their abuser, showing symptoms years or even decades into adulthood. These symptoms can be devastating for them and their personal relationships.
Teenage suicide is a tragic event that is unfortunately more common than many people may realize. Though there is no one who is completely safe from this tragedy, some teens may be more at risk than others. People should always act if they believe that a friend or family member is exhibiting behavior typical of someone considering suicide. Dismissing the worry may lead to tragedy.
FROM WBOC 16
DENTON, Md. – The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Caroline County couple for allegedly injecting a child with heroin and forcing her into prostitution.
According to the sheriff’s office, 35-year-old Darlene Allen and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Paul Owen were arrested sometime in early April after a months-long investigation into the potential child abuse.
In January 2017, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Social Services – Child Protective Services Division were notified about a child abuse allegation. The victim was a 15-year-old girl.