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Cockeysville, MD - Dameon Patterson, Faces Additional Charges of Child Sexual Abuse During Employment at Padonia Park Child Centers

Cockeysville, MD - Dameon Patterson, Faces Additional Charges of Child Sexual Abuse While Employed at Padonia Park Child Centers
Published: February 21, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 22, 2024

Previous Allegations Against MD School Employee Ignored Until New Child Abuse Charges

According to WMAR 2 News, more disturbing revelations have emerged regarding a daycare worker accused of child sex abuse. Parents in Howard County were shocked to learn that a man entrusted with the care of their children had been accused of abusing a young girl for years. Even more alarming is the fact that the same employee was previously accused of similar offenses three years ago in Baltimore County, while employed at Padonia Park Child Centers located at 12006 Jenifer Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030. Astonishingly, the authorities who could have pursued the case chose to do nothing.

Less than two weeks after being arrested for sexual abuse at Glenwood Country Day School in Woodbine, Patterson was arrested again, this time for accusations stemming from 2021. During that period, Patterson had been employed at a daycare facility in Baltimore County, namely Padonia Park Child Centers. It was there that a nine-year-old girl reported being inappropriately touched by Patterson. Her parents promptly notified Social Services and the police, launching an investigation. The case was subsequently referred to the State's Attorney's office; however, Patterson was never charged.

Charging documents reveal harrowing details provided by the victim, stating that the alleged touching occurred "4 times a day, every day she was there." Equally concerning is the victim's belief that no one else witnessed the abuse. According to the girl's account to investigators, the incidents took place after her other teacher had left for the day, while the other children were engrossed in play. Disturbingly, the abuse would cease just moments before her expected pickup by a parent, leaving no visible signs to raise suspicion.

It was only after Patterson's arrest in Howard County in 2024 that the full extent of his alleged crimes came to light. Detectives from the Howard County Police, upon arresting Patterson in January, discovered that he had been under investigation in Baltimore County in 2021. Consequently, they reached out to the Baltimore County Police Department, leading to his subsequent arrest there.

The question remains: why wasn't Patterson charged back in 2021? This is a matter we are actively investigating. Attempts to seek clarification from Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's office were met with unavailability. It is worth noting that the Maryland Department of Education has revealed that childcare facilities are not currently required to conduct reference checks on their employees, raising concerns about the screening process for individuals working closely with children.

For more information regarding the charges against Dameon Patterson in Howard County:

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Maryland Sexual Abuse Lawyer Discusses Daycare Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Following the recent shocking allegations of sexual abuse at daycare centers, it is crucial to understand the legal options available to victims and their families. In a recent interview, we sat down with Aaron Blank, Esq., an experienced child sex abuse attorney based in Maryland. Aaron details the steps victims and their families can take in pursuing civil cases against liable parties, including early learning centers and daycares. Mr. Blank provides valuable insights into the legal process, the objectives of civil cases, and the challenges victims may face.

Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Blank.

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Thank you for having me, Darla. I'm glad to be here to discuss this pressing topic.

DM: In light of the recent allegations of sexual abuse at daycare centers, can you elaborate on what options are available for child sex abuse victims and their families when it comes to pursuing civil cases against liable parties, including early learning centers and daycares?

AB: Absolutely, Darla. When it comes to cases of child sexual abuse, victims and their families have the option to pursue civil cases against those responsible. In situations where early learning centers or daycare facilities fail to protect children from abuse, they can be held legally accountable for their negligence.

DM: What does pursuing a civil case involve, and what can victims and their families hope to achieve through this legal process?

AB: Pursuing a civil case involves filing a lawsuit seeking compensation for the harm and damages suffered by the victim. This can include physical and emotional trauma, medical expenses, therapy costs, and even punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct.

Victims and their families can hope to achieve several objectives through a civil case. Firstly, it provides an opportunity for them to seek justice and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Additionally, it can provide financial support to help the victim heal and recover from the trauma they have experienced.

DM: Are there any challenges that victims and their families may face when pursuing a civil case in these types of situations?

AB: Yes, there can be challenges. One significant challenge is the emotional toll that pursuing a civil case can have on the victim and their family. It's crucial to have a supportive legal team that understands the sensitive nature of these cases and can provide guidance throughout the process.

Another challenge can be gathering evidence and establishing liability. It may require thorough investigation and expert testimony to prove negligence or misconduct on the part of the daycare facility or its staff.

DM: What advice would you give to victims and their families who may be considering pursuing a civil case?

AB: My advice would be to consult with an experienced child sexual abuse attorney who specializes in these types of cases. They can provide a comprehensive evaluation of the situation, guide them through the legal process, and advocate for their rights. It's essential to have a legal professional who is compassionate, understanding, and dedicated to seeking justice for the victims.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Blank, for sharing your insights on this important topic. Your expertise is invaluable for our viewers and the community as a whole.

AB: Thank you, Darla. It's my pleasure to contribute to the conversation and raise awareness about the legal options available to victims of child sexual abuse.


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