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Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Policy Committee submits 2022 annual report

BALTIMORE, MD—The Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK) Policy and Funding Committee has submitted its 2022 Annual Report, the fourth annual report since its creation in 2017. The Committee was established to create uniform, statewide policies regarding the collection, testing, and retention of medical forensic evidence in sexual assault cases and increase access to justice for sexual assault victims. The SAEK …


Crime, Police/Fire

Essex police officer sentenced to home detention in connection with 2019 rape

ESSEX, MD—A Baltimore County police officer was sentenced on Friday to home detention in connection with the 2019 rape of a 22-year-old woman. On August 20, 2021, Anthony Westerman, 27, was convicted of two counts of second-degree rape, third-degree sexual offense, fourth-degree sexual offense, and second-degree assault of a 22-year-old woman in connection with an incident that occurred in October …


30-year-old man convicted in connection with 2019 rape in Loch Raven High School parking lot

TOWSON, MD—A 30-year-old man has been convicted in connection with a 2019 rape that occurred in Baltimore County. Brandon Saunders, 30, was convicted by a jury this week on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree assault, and kidnapping. At around 3:00 a.m. on July 28, 2019, a woman accepted a ride from what is commonly referred to as a “hack” in …

Parkville man, former youth coach arrested on child sex abuse, pornography charges

PARKVILLE, MD—Authorities have arrested a Parkville man on child sex abuse and child pornography charges. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday announced the arrest 38-year-old Michael Vincent Bonczewski. In January, 2021, a victim came forward and reported to Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center detectives that he had been the victim of sexual abuse from 2010 through 2012. He …

Police respond to Parkville home, arrest former youth pastor in connection with rape that occurred more than 30 years ago

PARKVILLE, MD—Police have arrested an Essex man in connection with a rape that allegedly occurred over 30 years. At just after 11 a.m. on February 25, 2021, officers responded to the 3000-block of Woodside Ave in Parkville (21234) for a call of a past sexual assault on a child. Responding officers met with the victim, an adult female, who advised …

Police seeking other victims after Middle River man charged with rape

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Police in Baltimore County are searching for other possible victims after charging a 26-year-old man with rape. William Pervis McNeill, Jr., of the 500-block of Carrollwood Road (21220), is being held without bail on charges of second-degree rape, fourth-degree sex offense, and perverted practice after he sexually assaulted a man on October 22. McNeill met the victim by creating …

Fallston teacher charged with sex offenses in Baltimore County

FALLSTON, MD—A teacher with Harford County Public Schools has been arrested and charged in connection with sex offenses that allegedly occurred in Parkville years ago. John David Hobbs, 51, of Fallston, has been charged with a third-degree sex offense, child molestation, and second-degree rape. He is currently being held without bail following his arrest on Wednesday. The investigation began after …

Carney man charged with rape, sex offenses

CARNEY, MD—Detectives are searching for additional victims after charging a Carney man with numerous sexual offenses, including second-degree rape. Albert Chang Peal, 52, of the 9000-block of Naygall Road (21234), was arrested on a warrant Tuesday after a lengthy investigation. The charges, including various degrees of rape, sex offense, and videoing without permission, stemmed from an incident reported on March …