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Woodbine, MD - Private School Employee, Dameon Patterson, Accused of Sexually Abusing 11-Year-Old at Glenwood Country Day School

Woodbine, MD - Private School Employee, Dameon Patterson, Accused of Sexually Abusing 11-Year-Old at Glenwood Country Day School
Published: February 21, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on February 21, 2024

Maryland Day School Employee Charged with Child Sexual Abuse

WBAL TV reported that an employee of Glenwood Country Day School located at 14785 Bushy Park Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797 has been charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse. The accused, identified as 31-year-old Dameon Patterson from Elkridge, now faces serious allegations involving contact with an 11-year-old child attending the Howard County early learning center. Patterson had been employed at the school for approximately two years, working in the before- and after-school programs as well as the summer camps.

According to county police, the investigation was initiated after the victim confided in a friend about the alleged abuse. The concerned friend promptly notified an adult, who then reported the disturbing information to the authorities. The child revealed that the abuse had been ongoing for a period of two years, with the most recent incident occurring last summer.

Taking swift action, law enforcement officers apprehended Patterson on Thursday, January 11, 2024. During the course of their investigation, it was discovered that Glenwood Country Day School had been closed since January 5 due to a state licensing violation. The Maryland State Department of Education revealed that its Office of Child Care had issued an emergency suspension on that date, mandating an immediate cessation of care provided by the school. This action was taken because the school operator failed to comply with state law by neglecting to inform the Office of Child Care of an employee who was under investigation for a criminal charge or an allegation of child abuse or neglect.

Authorities are urging anyone with information related to this case, including potential additional victims, to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation. Those who have information can reach out to the Howard County Police Department at 410-313-STOP or via email at

Update: Dameon Patterson Arrested Again For New Child Abuse Charges From 2021

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Understanding Child Sex Abuse Survivors Legal Rights To Seek Justice

In the wake of recent charges against a private school employee at Glenwood Country Day School, it becomes more critical to discuss the legal options available to child sex abuse victims and their families. To learn more, we sat down with Aaron Blank, Esq., an experienced child sexual abuse lawyer based in Maryland. Mr. Blank shared invaluable insights into the civil litigation process and provided guidance on how victims and their families can pursue justice and hold liable parties, including private daycares and early learning centers, accountable for their actions.

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

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Thank you, Darla. It's a pleasure to be here.

DM: In light of the recent abuse allegations at Glenwood Country Day School in Howard County, many families may be wondering what steps they can take if their child has been a victim of sexual abuse at an early learning center or daycare. Could you shed some light on this?

AB: Absolutely, Darla. It's crucial for families to understand that they have legal recourse in cases of child sexual abuse at early learning centers, daycares, and private schools. One option is pursuing a civil case against the liable parties, such as the school itself, administrators, or even individual employees involved in the abuse.

DM: What does a civil case entail in these situations? And what are the potential outcomes?

AB: A civil case seeks to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions and seeks compensation for the victim and their family. It can help cover medical expenses, therapy costs, and other damages resulting from the abuse. In some cases, it can also lead to policy changes and improvements within the institution to prevent similar incidents in the future.

DM: For families considering taking legal action, what advice would you give them?

AB: First and foremost, it's crucial to prioritize the well-being and safety of the child. If abuse is suspected, they should immediately contact law enforcement to ensure the child's immediate protection and initiate a criminal investigation. Simultaneously, I recommend consulting with an experienced child sex abuse attorney who can guide the family through the legal process and provide support during this challenging time.

DM: Are there any specific laws or regulations in Maryland that can be beneficial in pursuing these civil cases?

AB: Maryland has laws that can be advantageous for victims and their families. For example, there may be statutes of limitations that extend the time limit for filing a civil lawsuit. Additionally, the state may have provisions allowing victims to seek compensation from a fund specifically created to support survivors of child sexual abuse.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Blank, for sharing your knowledge on this important matter. Is there anything else you would like to add?

AB: I would like to emphasize that no child or family should ever have to endure the trauma of sexual abuse. It's crucial for parents and guardians to be vigilant and proactive in protecting their children. If abuse occurs, remember that you are not alone, and there are legal avenues available to seek justice and support. Reach out to professionals who can guide you through the process and help you navigate the legal system.

DM: Wise words, indeed. Thank you once again, Mr. Blank, for your valuable input on this pressing issue.

AB: My pleasure, Darla. Let's continue to raise awareness about child sexual abuse and work towards a safer future for our children.



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