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Baltimore cop accused of sexting teen acquitted on Md. charges
A Baltimore cop accused in November of "sexting" a York County teen has been acquitted of other charges in Maryland from last month, according to court records.
Timothy Rae George III, 22, of Bayonne Avenue in Baltimore, was charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment, malicious destruction and theft, according to online Maryland court records. He was acquitted of all charges Monday, those records state.
Police said George had assaulted a man, 21, who claimed to be his boyfriend, on March 2 in the 3200 block of Bayonne Avenue, according to a report from WBAL 1090 Newsradio.
The background: In November, Northern York County Regional Police charged George with sexting a Spring Grove-area boy, according to court documents.
George was 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.
According to charging documents, George met the 15-year-old 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 George a video of himself masturbating, documents state.
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 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 was hired as an officer by Baltimore police in June 2014, a department spokeswoman said in November.
He was suspended without pay based on the York County criminal charges, she said at the time.
George was formally arraigned on the charges on March 3, and he has a pre-trial conference scheduled for April 13, according to online court records.
— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at email@example.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.