Police: Baltimore cop 'sexted' with Spring Grove-area teen

Liz Evans Scolforo

A Baltimore City police officer remains free on bail, accused of "sexting" with a York County teen.

Timothy Rae George III, 22, of Bayonne Avenue, is charged with the third-degree felonies of disseminating explicit sexual materials to a minor, sexual abuse of a child and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as the first-degree misdemeanor of corruption of a minor, according to charging documents.

Timothy Rae George III
(Facebook photo)

George was arraigned Thursday morning by District Judge Thomas Reilly, who set bail at $75,000 unsecured. That means George didn't have to post any cash to remain free but could forfeit that amount if he misses court hearings.

George was hired as an officer by Baltimore Police in June 2014, according to a department spokeswoman.

He was suspended without pay based on the criminal charges, the spokeswoman said. Northern York County Regional Police investigated and filed the charges.

George declined comment Thursday afternoon. His attorney, Scott Lineberry, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The allegations: According to charging documents, George met a 15-year-old Spring Grove-area teen through Facebook at the end of August, and the two began conversing on the phone, through Facebook Messenger and by text.

The teen sent photographs of himself to George, according to police. The teen also sent a video of himself masturbating to George, documents allege.

Also during those conversations, the two talked about getting married, despite George knowing the boy was 15, charging documents state.

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George also provided "explicit, detailed verbal descriptions (and) narrative accounts of sexual excitement via text messages" to the teen, according to documents, and "intentionally had contact with the minor in an attempt to have sexual contact with the minor."

After obtaining a warrant and seizing George's cellphone, Northern Regional Police found on it the video of the teen masturbating, as well as photos of the teen, documents state.

Northern Regional began investigating the officer in September, after the teen's father discovered what was going on and alerted them, according to charging documents.

George's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 16, according to online court records.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.