County Executive Steve Schuh to Speak to Circuit Drug Court Graduation; State's Attorney's Office to Graduate 7

For Immediate Release: August 22, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh will be the keynote speaker for theAugust 22, 2016 Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court graduation ceremony.

Anne Arundel County's Circuit Court Adult Drug Treatment Court program began in 2005. The Anne Arundel County District Court Adult Drug Treatment Court initiative began in 1997. In addition to saving lives and deterring victimization and recidivism, Adult Drug Court Treatment programs save money.

What: Adult Drug Treatment Court Graduation Celebration for 7 Graduates in Circuit Court

Where/When: Monday, August 22 @ 2pm (Circuit Court, Courtroom 4C)

Speaker: Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh

On January 27, 2015, County Executive Steve Schuh declared heroin addiction a public health emergency in Anne Arundel County. Mirroring a nationwide increase in use and deaths from heroin, the county is currently experiencing more than one overdose a day and a fatality a week.

In response, the county has taken several measures to step up its focus on preventing addiction, treating addicts and punishing drug dealers. The current budget approved by the County Council invests $800,000 for a new substance abuse treatment center in Annapolis. The budget also increases community grant funding to treatment providers, funds an intra-county law enforcement task force, additional police detectives, sheriff's deputies and state's attorneys and canines.

Background:

Anne Arundel County Adult Drug Court works to improve our community through enhanced public safety by providing judicially-supervised treatment to substance abuse offenders, thereby reducing the social and economic costs of criminal activity and traditional incarceration. This initiative is a collaborative effort among the Circuit Court, the State's Attorney's Offices, the Maryland Judiciary Office of Problem Solving Courts, the Bureau of Justice Assistance Grant, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Office of the Public Defender, the Division of Parole and Probation, and the Department of Health. Relationships with other community agencies such as the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, and the many local treatment providers are considered vital to the success of the program. For more information, please visit: http://www.circuitcourt.org/learn-about/drug-treatment-court.

*All media are invited to attend. TV cameras are not allowed in the courtroom.

*Visuals: On camera interviews available with several graduates, County Executive Steve Schuh, State's Attorney Wes Adams.

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Glen Burnie Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Anne Arundel County Prostitution Operation

For Immediate Release: August 11, 2016

Annapolis, MD – Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Jessie Vaughn, 36, of Glen Burnie, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for operating a prostitution business. Vaughn pled guilty to the charges on July 6, 2016.

“We will not tolerate those who engage in the business of prostitution,” said Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams. “I am grateful Judge Jaklitsch called his actions ‘reprehensible’ and held this man accountable for his actions. I also appreciate the hard work of the Anne Arundel County Police Department in putting together a thorough case that forced the defendant to admit his guilt.”

Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch sentenced Vaughn to 10 years, with 8 years of active incarceration. He will then be placed on supervised probation for 3 years. If he violates his probation, he could be required to then serve the remaining 2 years of the 10 year sentence.

In May of 2015 following a 2 week investigation, Vaughn was arrested and charged with running a prostitution operation by Anne Arundel County police. Vaughn advertised his prostitution services online and preyed on young women who were homeless, addicted to drugs, or both.

Deputy State’s Attorneys Jonathon Church and Assistant State's Attorney Reva Chopra prosecuted the case.

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Former Arundel High School Teacher Found Guilty of Sexually Abusing 16-year-Old Student

For Immediate Release: August 8, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that a former Anne Arundel County high school teacher, Nathan Lee Martin, 39, was found guilty of sex abuse of a minor, fourth-degree sex offense by a person in a position of authority, fourth-degree sexual contact, and the second-degree assault of a 16-year-old student by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury lateThursday afternoon. Martin was an Arundel High School math teacher at the time of the incident.

"We should be able to entrust our children to the care of our teachers," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm glad the jury held this man accountable for his actions."

In December of 2015, the high school student and her parents told county police that Martin had summoned the student to a closet at the back of a classroom where he proceeded to touch her buttocks and place his face on her chest area.

Martin will be sentenced by Judge Michele Jaklitsch on September 12, 2016. He faces up to 25 years in prison and a lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Assistant State's Attorney Anastasia Prigge prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

Maryland Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Burglary and Brutal Beating of Elderly Couple

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2016

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Travis Evans, 29, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Michele J. Jaklitsch to 20 years in prison for the burglary and assault of an Anne Arundel County elderly couple in October of 2013. Evans is currently serving a 60-year sentence in Prince Georges County for an armed carjacking, armed robbery and a handgun related offense and pled guilty on Tuesday afternoon to burglary and two counts of 2nd degree assault - one each for 87-year-old Oliver Daff and 73-year-old Lynn Paquette.

"This was a particularly disturbing case that brutally victimized an elderly couple in the middle of the night," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "The outcome of this case is a testament to the diligent work of my prosecutors and the thorough investigations we see from the Anne Arundel County Police Department time and again. I want to thank Judge Jaklitsch for giving the maximum sentence to this dangerous criminal."

Evans' DNA was found on the broken tip of a latex glove inside the rope that was used to tie up the victims the night of the incident.

Evans was sentenced the maximum 20 years for burglary, to run consecutive to his current 60-year sentence in Prince George's County. Evans was also sentenced an additional 10 years, to run concurrent to the 20 year burglary sentence, for each assault.

A relative of one of the victims prepared a statement for court that read in part, "Since the robbery and beatings they received on that awful day, they have been so scared at night that they block all the doors, including the bedroom door, and they sleep with all the lights in the house all night. That awful night has pretty much consumed their lives."

87-year-old Daff simply asked, "Why did he do this to me?"

ASA Samantha Mildenberg prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.

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