Prison for ex-Baltimore cop who sexted Spring Grove teen
A former Baltimore City police officer who sexted with a York County teen must spend two more months locked up, plus 15 years as a Megan's Law offender.
Timothy Rae George III was sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 3, to six to 23 months in York County Prison plus three years of probation. The sentence was part of his negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors.
George, 26, of Bayonne Avenue in Baltimore, received credit for time served. He has already spent 119 days locked up, defense attorney Chris Ferro said at the hearing.
He will spend 15 years as a Megan's Law offender, Ferro confirmed.
"I apologize for everything that happened," George told presiding Common Pleas Judge Gregory M. Snyder. "I'm not going to do anything (like that) again."
George pleaded guilty June 30 to one count of possessing child pornography, a third-degree felony. In exchange, charges of disseminating sexual material to a minor, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of a minor were dismissed Tuesday, after he was sentenced.
"This is the final step that allows my client to accept responsibility but move forward," Ferro said. "Tim is a good young man who made an error in judgment."
Ferro confirmed that George is no longer a Baltimore City police officer.
Hired in June 2014, George was suspended without pay after charges were filed, officials said.
Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said now that George's conviction is final, he will be terminated.
George's sentence forbids him from having any sort of contact with his victim in the case, who is now 16 years old.
A state evaluation determined George isn't a sexually violent predator, according to deputy prosecutor Alissa Cardenas.
Ferro said once George is released, he hopes to get his probation transferred to Maryland.
The background: George met a then-15-year-old Spring Grove-area teen through Facebook at the end of August 2016, and the two began conversing on the phone, through Facebook Messenger and by text.
The teen sent photographs of himself to George, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
The teen also sent a video of himself masturbating to George, police said.
Also during those conversations, the two talked about getting married, despite George knowing the boy was 15, court documents state.
'Explicit' texts: George provided "explicit, detailed verbal descriptions (and) narrative accounts of sexual excitement via text messages" to the teen, according to documents.
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.
Police began investigating the officer in September 2016 after the teen's father discovered what was going on and alerted them, according to charging documents.
Assault case: George remains charged with four counts of second-degree assault in Baltimore County, Maryland, for allegedly assaulting his husband, Brandon Smith.
However, a dismissal notice in the case was issued Sept. 5, records state.
Smith previously told The York Dispatch that George never touched him and that he lied to police to get George into trouble.
Smith cited his own mental-health issues as the reason he apparently lied.
But Smith later emailed a York Dispatch reporter, suggesting perhaps the assault did happen.
"I wanted to make things look better for him up there in York, PA and make the charges in Baltimore County go away," he wrote. "I succeeded."
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