Media Advisory: Man Guilty of Sex Abuse of a Minor to be Sentenced Monday, May 8

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Panagiostis Karambilas, 66, of Odenton, will be sentenced on Monday, May 8 for a guilty plea of Sex Abuse of a Minor.

On September 5, 2016, police responded to an Odenton playground for a report of sexual abuse. Upon arrival, the officer observed Panagiostis Karambilas placing his hand inside the underwear of his 5 year old family member and rubbing her genitals.

A witness provided video of Karambilas engaging in sexual acts with the child prior to the officer's arrival.

On January 30, 2017, Karambilas pleaded guilty to Sex Abuse of a Minor. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Sentencing will take place on Monday, May 8, at 1:30 pm in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court courtroom 4B before Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch.

All media are invited to attend. Cameras will not be permitted in the courtroom.

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Hanover Man Guilty of Possessing Child Pornography

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Korey Vaughn Hamilton Payne, 21, of Hanover, was found guilty of five counts of Possession of Child Pornography by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury Thursday afternoon.

"This is not a victimless crime," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "It's impossible to imagine the trauma children are put through to create such disturbing content, and the consumption of these images will only drive the market. I want to thank the police and their I.T. experts who assisted my office in prosecuting this case."

On July 19, 2016, an Anne Arundel County Police detective conducted an online investigation for offenders sharing child pornography over the internet. The detective directed his attention to a specific IP address after establishing it was associated with at least one file known to be of interest to child pornography investigations.

After identifying the IP address as being assigned to the home of Korey Payne's mother, where Payne resided at the time, police obtained a search warrant for the address. A search by police found external storage devices which contained child pornography next to Korey Payne's ID card and other possessions. Payne himself identified this area as his studio workspace.

Korey Payne faces up to 25 years in prison as a result of these convictions. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Judge Ronald A. Silkworth presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Reva Chopra prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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Pennsylvania Man Guilty of First Degree Assault in Glen Burnie Bar Fight

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Michael Ceresa, 28, of Glassport, Pennsylvania was found guilty of two counts of First Degree Assault, Use of a Firearm in a Crime of Violence, Transporting a Handgun Within a Vehicle, and Carrying a Handgun on Person by Circuit Court Judge Stacy W. McCormack.

“While I respect people’s right to own a gun, under no circumstances is it ok to point a loaded weapon at innocent people,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "His behavior was reckless and endangered our community.”

On April 25, 2016, at approximately 12:18 am, Anne Arundel County Police were alerted to an armed subject with a gun in the parking lot of Sideline Sports Bar & Grille in Glen Burnie. After a man accidentally fell on Michael Ceresa’s vehicle, Ceresa exited the car and engaged in a verbal altercation with the man and his companion. Two bystanders intervened in an attempt to de-escalate the argument, and Ceresa then retreated to his vehicle.

Rather than leave the parking lot however, Ceresa took a black 9mm handgun out of his car, pointed the weapon at all four individuals, and verbally threatened their lives.

Upon arrival, police located the handgun under Ceresa’s seat within the vehicle. Surveillance cameras located in the parking lot of the bar captured the incident on video.

Michael Ceresa was sentenced to five years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Assistant State's Attorney April Skrenczuk prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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State’s Attorney Wes Adams Hosts Training on Domestic Violence

Annapolis, MD - Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams welcomed the WYCA to Annapolis District Court on Friday for a training session with Assistant State’s Attorneys and Victim-Witness Advocates regarding the prosecution of domestic violence cases.

“We are proud to partner with an organization that has gone above and beyond to provide safe passage for victims,” said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. “It is the responsibility of everyone within this office, as well as the community at large, to recognize the signs of domestic violence and break the cycle of abuse.”

Founded in 1918, The YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County is dedicated to promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. This organization has established a stellar reputation for aiding all victims of domestic violence, including women, men, and children.

This training session discussed the role of the Advocate in relation to victims of domestic violence, the protocols when prosecuting a domestic violence case, and the importance of the Abuser Intervention Program for rehabilitating perpetrators of domestic violence.

“It is important that we empower victims so that we can help break the cycle of abuse,”said Adams “and our relationship with the YWCA helps us do that.”

The Office of the State’s Attorney invites members of the community to join the conversation surrounding domestic violence. For information on how to schedule an educational session with your own community organization, please contact the YWCA Human Resources Department at 410-626-7800 or the Office of the State’s Attorney at 410-222-1740.

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