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Teen Leader in Young Marines Charged with Sexual Abuse

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with child abuse and sex abuse. The suspect was a squad leader in the Annapolis Chapter of Young Marines who oversaw his younger victim, police say.

Anne Arundel County Police are asking that any other victims of sexual abuse while attending the Annapolis Chapter of Young Marines to contact police. File|Patch
Anne Arundel County Police are asking that any other victims of sexual abuse while attending the Annapolis Chapter of Young Marines to contact police. File|Patch

A 15-year-old boy who was a squad leader in the Annapolis Chapter of Young Marines has been arrested for sexually abusing a younger member of the organization over a two-year period, according to Anne Arundel County detectives.

The child victim contacted police on July 13 to disclose the abuse, which reportedly took place at the VFW located at 2597 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie and at Downs Park in Pasadena.

According to the Annapolis Chapter of Young Marines website, the organization is open to boys and girls ages 8 to high school graduates. The organization has more than 300 units with 10,000 youth members and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states and the District of Columbia. The mission of the Young Marines is to nurture and develop its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle, says the website.

Investigators say the 15-year-old suspect was overseeing younger children in the youth group. The teen suspect was a squad leader and the victim was in his care and custody. It was during this time when the young victim was abused, police say.

Detectives charged the 15-year-old boy with second-degree child abuse, a third-degree sex offense and a fourth-degree sex offense.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is asking any other possible victims of abuse that may have occurred while attending the Annapolis Chapter of Young Marines to contact Detective Joshua Williams at 410-222-3484. 

Caroline Redbrook July 14, 2014 at 05:36 PM
Crimes against children are so heinous that accused pedophiles like this teen-aged squad leader, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Sandusky is now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, as an English teacher, has led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the US, the UK and Ireland.. Pedophiles condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure they must be stopped ASAP!
Richard Rice July 15, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Having been molested many years ago the sting never completely goes away. I sometimes still look behind me when I hear footsteps behind me!!!

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