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.