Many sex offenses do not occur between strangers. In most cases, in fact, the participants know each other well, either as friends, coworkers or romantic partners. In some cases, the sex abuse can even occur between family members, a particularly serious charge that is often reviled by the public.
This is the charge facing a former Baltimore fireman who was taken into police custody last week. The man is accused of committing sexual abuse on a minor family member.
The family member alleges that the man abused him or her several times at a number of different places across the country. As is common in such cases, the identity of the alleged victim has been protected by the police and the media, and very few details of the crime in question have been released.
Though the family member’s name has been made anonymous, the man accused of the crimes must face the media attention that has been leveled at him. In such cases, it is important that the public withhold judgment on the man until the justice system has run its course — he is, after all, innocent until proven guilty.
The man accused of the sex crimes may be best known to the community as the “Baltimore Birdman,” a sports aficionado who can commonly be seen at Ravens and Orioles games dressed in festive, outlandish outfits. He also restores classic vehicles in a Ravens or Orioles theme, a pastime that once earned him an interview with a local news source. Until his retirement in 2008, the “Baltimore Birdman” was a captain of the Baltimore County Fire Department.
Following his arrest last week, the man posted $750,000 bail and was released.
Pikesville Patch, “‘Baltimore Birdman’ Charged with Sexual Offenses Against Minor” Janet Metzner, Sep. 20, 2013