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Youth instructor accused of solicitation of a minor

A Maryland youth aquatics instructor is facing serious allegations after being accused of seeking sex with a minor. The 58-year-old man had been a teacher at a youth summer camp for the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. He is accused of sexual solicitation of a minor after he reportedly communicated online with someone he believed could arrange a sexual encounter with two teenage boys. Authorities say that the man's contact was in reality an undercover Baltimore County law enforcement officer.

Investigators say they received a tip that the man was willing to pay money for two teenage boys to perform sexual acts. The undercover detective reportedly posed as a pimp online, and he also pretended to be a 15-year-old boy. Through Internet communication, officers say they determined that the man was interested in paying for a sex act with the imaginary child. He was arrested and is currently being held in custody in lieu of a $100,000 bail.

The man has since lost his job at the Jewish Community Center. He had apparently been a business education instructor at a local high school from 1978 until 2010, according to official records. The man was further involved in teaching Red Cross classes at the Jewish Community Center since 2012 in addition to the swim lessons for young children. It does not appear that the man has a criminal history in the state of Maryland.

This man has already been fired from his job, even though he has not been found guilty of any criminal wrongdoing. The stakes certainly are high for alleged sex offenders, who stand to lose their careers, friends and even families even if they are never convicted of a crime. Defendants who have been accused of sex crimes are not considered guilty simply because they are arrested, and they have a variety of legal options available, no matter the nature of the alleged violation.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Aquatics instructor at summer camp charged with solicitation of a minor" Jessica Anderson, Jul. 16, 2014

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