A 74-year-old Wicomico County man was charged April 29 in the sexual molestation of a then 6-year-old girl, Salisbury police said.
Neal Harrison Carey Sr. was charged in Wicomico County District Court with sexual abuse of a minor, second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree child abuse. Maryland Judiciary Case Search records show he was being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.
Carey babysat the victim while her mother was at work a handful of times several years prior to the disclosures, according to charging documents filed against Carey. During a forensic interview, the victim described Carey as a “pervert” who coerced her into oral sex.
Forensic interviews have been standard procedure since the 1990s, following the Satanic Panic trials of the 1980s in which multiple people, primarily day care providers, were falsely accused and convicted of sexual abuse based off the testimony of evidence given from standard law enforcement interrogation techniques.
The leading nature of those interview methods caused the children involved in those cases to give false information, police experts later concluded. Now, Child Advocacy Centers employ social workers to interview child sexual abuse victims so as to not lead them, while officers watch the interview in a separate room, usually on closed circuit television.
Following the forensic interview with the victim, Carey was later interviewed by police, charging documents show. The suspect denied sexually abusing the child, however he did accuse her of making a sexual advance on him.
If convicted on all charges, Carey would be placed as a Tier III sex offender, which means lifetime registration on the state’s sex offender registry. In that event, even if he moved to another state, he would still have to re-register on that state’s list, as well as update his information in Maryland.
Sexual abuse and assault is considered one of the most underreported crimes in the United States, according to a 2013 study by the National Research Council.
A former Fort Collins teacher will spend 90 days in jail and a decade on intensive probation after being sentenced Monday for sexually abusing young boys in his care.
Dean McCollum, 44, was required to report to the Larimer County Jail by Tuesday morning after being sentenced at the Larimer County Justice Center. He sat still and quiet — except for reading a short statement and apologizing — throughout the 90-minute sentencing that included tearful statements by his victims and their mother, as well as statements of support from his mother and Poudre School District employees.
McCollum pleaded guilty in March to felony child abuse and misdemeanor sexual contact in a plea deal that dismissed charges that would have carried harsher sentences — including sexual assault on a child in a position of trust and aggravated incest.
He resigned later in March from his teaching position at Bauder Elementary School and had been on administrative leave since his arrest in October 2016. He was terminated from his position as a coach at Mountain Kids Gymnastics in Fort Collins in October.
Between 2001 and 2006, McCollum reportedly gave at least one of the children in his care massages that progressed to undressing and fondling them, according to his arrest affidavit. He also reportedly stood outside the shower and watched and reached inside while the children showered.
The prosecution and defense said during sentencing that though McCollum and his victims reported different frequencies of sexual abuse, there was no denying the abuse occurred.
One of the victims read a statement that detailed how the abuse, which he said began when he was a kindergartner, led to his long-term spiral into drug addiction.
The abuse convinced him that he was a bad person and caused him to wear a “mask” to conceal what was happening to him, he said. He struggled to fit in until he met people who used drugs, and he began using marijuana and then opiates, which devolved into a debilitating heroin addiction, he said.
“Every morning, even after the abuse had ended, I would wake up with terrible stomach pain,” he said.
The drugs were a way to cope with his “deep and long-kept secret,” he said. He’s since sought various treatment programs and therapy to address the addiction and the abuse, and he’s been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and PTSD, he said.
He first told his mother about the abuse in 2015, nearly a decade after it had ended.
“My world turned black,” she told the court. “There was a split second I wanted to die.”
After their statements and a statement by the second victim, three people spoke in support of McCollum, including his mother, who said that he was sexually abused as a child by a neighbor.
Brian Carpenter, the principal of Bauder Elementary School, spoke in his support as well.
Carpenter said he could only speak to McCollum’s conduct in a professional setting, but he described the man as an outstanding teacher.
“He is a good man," Carpenter said. "The punishment he is receiving right now, to me, is more than anyone can take.”
Larimer County prosecutor Josh Ritter wanted to distinguish between a mistake and a crime, a distinction he said that people defending McCollum did not make.
He gave examples of life-altering mistakes — such as choosing the wrong business partner or choosing the wrong profession — and said they can be called mistakes because they are done in good faith.
“That’s not what happened in this case,” he said, adding that McCollum’s actions were intentional and repeated. “It was predatory.”
Eighth Judicial District Judge Devin R. Odell said it’s rare to see someone in McCollum’s position willingly admit to the crime and have such a network of support.
However, he said jail time was appropriate, especially in light of the “significant reduction” in the plea deal. He sentenced McCollum to the maximum amount of time in jail allowed in the deal, as well as 10 years of sex offender intensive supervised probation.
Odell said McCollum had the best chance of anyone he’d encountered in such a situation to be rehabilitated.
McCollum will be required to register as a sex offender and is prohibited from having contact with anyone under the age of 18, or the victims or their immediate family.
Reporter Cassa Niedringhaus covers breaking news for the Coloradoan. Follow her on Twitter: @CassaMN.
Help fight child sexual abuse
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network — an anti-sexual violence organization — lists tips what to do if you suspect a child is being harmed. Visit www.rainn.org for more information.
1. Recognize the signs
The signs of abuse aren’t necessarily obvious, but they include:
- Behavioral signs: Shrinking away from physical contact, thumb sucking or other regressive behaviors, changing hygiene routines, engaging in age-inappropriate sexual behaviors, or having sleep disturbances or nightmares
- Verbal cues: Using words or phrases that are “too adult” for their age, unexplained silence or suddenly being less talkative
- Physical signs: Bruising or swelling near the genital area, blood on sheets or undergarments or broken bones
2. Talk to the child
- Pick your time and place carefully and find a place the child feels comfortable.
- Be aware of your tone. Try to make the conversation more casual and be non-threatening.
- Talk to the child directly. Ask questions that use the child’s own vocabulary but that are a little vague. For example, “Has someone been touching you?” In this context “touching” can mean different things, but it is likely a word with which the child is familiar. The child can respond with questions or comments to help you better gauge the situation such as, “No one touches me except my mom at bath time,” or “You mean like the way my cousin touches me sometimes?” Understand that sexual abuse can feel good to the child, so asking if someone is “hurting” them may not bring out the information that you are looking for.
- Listen and follow up, but avoid judgment and blame.
- Reassure the child, and make sure they know that they're not in trouble.
- Be patient. Remember that this conversation may be very frightening for the child. Many perpetrators make threats about what will happen if someone finds out about the abuse.
3. Report it
- Reporting a crime like sexual abuse might not be easy, and it can be emotionally draining.
- Keep in mind that reporting abuse gives you the chance to protect someone who can’t protect themselves.
- Before you report, tell the child that you’re going to talk to someone who can help. Be clear that you are not asking their permission.
Timothy Ross Streeter, 50, of Jemison, was sentenced on May 1 to 20 years in the Alabama Penitentiary for sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age, a Class B felony.
While serving his sentence, he will have to successfully complete a sex offender intervention program. Streeter must register as a sex offender in the state of Alabama upon his release from prison.
ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - A 73-year-old Steuben County man is behind bars tonight, facing charges of sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child.
It's alleged that in April of 2013, James L. Desrosiers, of Gallagher Road, in the Town of Pulteney, intentionally subjected a child less than eleven years old to sexual contact.
Desrosiers was arrested by members of the New York State Police today, and was arraigned in the Urbana Town Court. He was remanded to the custody of the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bail.
Desrosiers is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Pulteney Court on Wednesday, May 3, at 6 p.m.