Md. cop accused of sexting Spring Grove teen now locked up
A former Baltimore City police officer who's facing trial in York County for allegedly sexting with a York County teen has been locked up for violating his bail conditions.
Timothy Rae George III was scheduled to appear Monday before Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder in York County Court to turn himself in, according to deputy prosecutor Alissa Cardenas.
"But he didn't show up," she said, making him a fugitive from justice.
Defense attorney Chris Ferro described his client's no-show status as a miscommunication or misunderstanding.
"I've spoken with Tim," Ferro said on Tuesday afternoon. "We are currently making arrangements to have the matter rescheduled as soon as possible."
At the hearing, rescheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Snyder ordered George be remanded to York County Prison for incurring new charges in Maryland, according to court records. Being charged with new offenses is a violation of standard bail conditions.
George, 25, of Baltimore, had been free on $75,000 unsecured bail, charged in York County 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.
York 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 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 York County Regional Police found on it the video of the teen masturbating, as well as photos of the teen, documents state.
Police began investigating the officer in September, after the teen's father discovered what was going on and alerted them, according to charging documents.
Spousal privilege: George was arrested March 2 by Baltimore City Police after his 21-year-old boyfriend told responding officers he'd been assaulted by George.
But in April, George won a judgment of acquittal for the Maryland charges after the alleged victim — who is now George's spouse — invoked marital privilege and failed to testify, according to Cardenas.
The prosecution had requested George's bail be revoked in March based on that case, but Ferro requested the judge wait and hold a hearing, Cardenas said. Once charges were dropped, there was no longer a violation of bail conditions, so George remained free.
Maryland court records reveal George was charged with domestic assault again on May 4. Based on those new charges, the prosecution again asked Judge Snyder to revoke bail, according to Cardenas.
Snyder granted the motion and scheduled a hearing for Monday — that was the hearing George failed to attend, the prosecutor said.
Last week, Maryland authorities dropped those charges, according to court records, which don't state a reason for the dismissal.
Then on Tuesday, Baltimore Police filed four counts of second-degree assault against George, court records state, and that case remains active.
George was hired as an officer by Baltimore Police in June 2014, according to a department spokeswoman. He remains suspended without pay based on the criminal charges, the spokeswoman said.
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