Anne Arundel police arrest Young Marines squad leader in child abuse case

Anne Arundel County police arrested a 15-year-old squad leader in the Annapolis chapter of the Young Marines in connection with a child abuse investigation.

The teen, who was not identified by authorities, was taken into custody Sunday and charged with second-degree child abuse as well as third- and fourth-degree sex offenses.

Police said a child told investigators he was sexually abused over the past two years while attending the Annapolis chapter of Young Marines, a youth education and service organization. During their investigation, detectives determined the 15-year-old as a suspect, according to a department news release.

The 15-year-old had been a squad leader, overseeing younger children in the chapter, the release said. Police said that the victim was in the teen’s care and custody when the abuse occurred and that the abuse may have occurred while attending the Annapolis chapter of Young Marines. Detectives think the abuse took place at a VFW in Glen Burnie and at Downs Park in Pasadena, according to the release.

The chapter’s commander, Dallas Cooper, declined to comment.

Authorities ask that anyone with information contact Detective Joshua Williams at (410) 222-3484.

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Victoria St. Martin covers breaking news and Prince William County for The Post's Local desk.

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