Trial ahead for Baltimore cop accused of sexting York teen
A Baltimore City police officer accused of sexting with a York County teen is now facing trial.
Timothy Rae George III, 22, of Bayonne Avenue in Baltimore, remains free on bail, 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.
On Monday afternoon, George appeared before District Judge Thomas Reilly and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. That means his case now moves to York County Common Pleas Court for trial.
Defense attorney Chris Ferro wrote in a statement to The York Dispatch that he is still in the process of reviewing evidence in the case against George.
"Today was a step toward expediting that review process and certainly not an admission of guilt," Ferro wrote. "Like most things in life, this is not a simple black-and-white matter."
George was hired as an officer by Baltimore Police in June 2014 and was suspended without pay based on the criminal charges, according to a department spokeswoman. Northern York County Regional Police investigated and filed the charges.
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.
George 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 the video of the teen masturbating as well as photos of the teen on the phone, documents allege.
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.
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