St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (August 8, 2012)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has released the following incident and arrest reports.

ASSAULT INVESTIGATION AT LOCAL CHILDREN'S CAMP: The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) is conducting an investigation into a complaint of a possible assault at the Camp Ernest W. Brown located in Scotland. Administrators at Camp Brown contacted local police when they learned of assault allegations involving Camp Brown staff counselors. The investigation was routinely forward to BCI detectives for follow-up investigation. Camp Brown is operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington D.C.

The investigation is active and ongoing. At this time no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. Officials at the camp are cooperating fully with the investigation and anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to contact Sgt. Steven Koch at (301) 475-4200 x1963.

SEXUAL OFFENSE INVOLVING A MINOR: On August 2, detectives from the BCI Special Victims Unit initiated an investigation regarding alleged sex offenses committed involving a minor which took place from January 2010 through June 2010. The investigation determined Gregory S. Morgan, 34, of Mechanicsville, and Sherry L. Knott, 32, of no fixed address, engaged in various sexual acts with a minor child who was known to the suspects. On August 2, Knott was arrested and charged with 2nd Degree Sex Office, Engaging in a Continuing Course of Conduct over a Period of 90 Days or more with the Victim Being Under 14 Years of Age, Sexual Abuse to a Minor and 4th Degree Sex Offense. Morgan was arrested on August 3 and charged with 2nd Degree Rape, 3rd Degree Sex Offense and 4th Degree Sex Offense. Morgan is currently a Tier III Registered Sex Offender. Knott is currently being held at the St. Mary's County Detention Center under $5,000 bond. Morgan is pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

BURGLARY, DOP IN WILDWOOD: On August 1, detectives from BCI and deputies from the Special Operations Division made apprehensions in an ongoing investigation into multiple burglaries and malicious destructions of property in the Wildewood community.

During the month of June 2012, Aaron B. Ledbetter, 19, of California, Steven M. Patrey, 18, of California, and two juveniles entered the garages of several residences in the Challenger Estates neighborhood in the Wildewood subdivision and stole personal property of the home owners. Additional information gained during the investigation revealed Ledbetter and a 17-year-old juvenile also broke into a residence in St. Andrews Estates in California causing extensive damage to the residence.

On June 14, Ledbetter, Patrey and two juveniles gained entry into the Wildewood swimming pool during the night time hours and caused property damage to the pool area valued at over $4,000. While inside the pool area the suspects also broke into the pool house and stole merchandise valued at over $300.

During the investigation, detectives obtained information indicating Ledbetter, 19, at the time of the offense had engaged in a sexual relationship with two 14-year-old females in March.

Ledbetter, who is currently being held at the St. Mary's County Detention Center on multiple prior charges, was charged with six counts of 2nd Degree Burglary, one count of Fourth Degree Burglary, six counts of Theft, two counts of Malicious Destruction of Property over $500.00, and Fourth Degree Sex Offenses. Ledbetter is being held under no bond.

Patrey was charged with First Degree Burglary, Second Degree Burglary, Malicious Destruction of Property valued at over $500.00 and Theft under $1000.00. Patrey was later released on $5,000 bond.

Additional juvenile arrests are pending.

WARRANT SERVICE, RESISTING ARREST, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE: On July 30, deputies attempted to arrest David Allen Roberts, 21, of Great Mills, on 2 outstanding warrants from Calvert County. Roberts briefly resisted arrest and attempted to throw suspected Oxycodone, marijuana and drug paraphernalia from his person. After a brief struggle Roberts was subdued and the controlled dangerous substance was recovered. Roberts was served with the outstanding warrants and additionally charged with resisting arrest, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia.

TRESPASSING, THREATS OF ARSON: On July 30, deputies responded to a Papa John's Pizza in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with Cynthia Ann Hutchens, 31, of Lexington Park, who was yelling inside of the business causing a disturbance. Further investigation revealed Hutchens was upset regarding a dispute over her order and threatened to burn the business down. Management asked Hutchens several times to leave but she refused. Hutchens was arrested and charged with trespassing and threats of arson.

THEFT: On July 31, deputies responded to a residence on Nancy Lane in Great Mills for a report of a theft. The victim reported several items of jewelry, valued at over $1,400.00 were stolen. Investigation revealed Shanenon Lee Hawkins, 26, of Hollywood, was at the victim's residence on July 30. Further investigation revealed that on July 31, Hawkins pawned several of the stolen items at a local jewelry store. Hawkins was arrested and charged with 2 counts of theft under $100.00 and theft over $1,000 but under $10,000.

SECOND DEGREE ASSAULT: On August 1, deputies responded to a residence on Great Mills Road in Lexington Park for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed Mary Rosario Hall, 21, of Lexington Park, was engaged in a verbal dispute with the victim which escalated into a physical assault when Hall struck the victim in the face. Hall was arrested and charged with second degree assault.

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