Men Charged with Hate Crime for Hanging Noose

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that after evaluating the sufficiency of the underlying evidence regarding the noose found at Crofton Middle School, the Office of the State's Attorney charged Conner Charles Prout, 19, and John Adam Haverman, 19, with the following:

Race/Religious Belief - Harass/Commit a Crime Upon (CR.10.304(1))
Con-Race/Religious Belief - Harass/Commit a Crime Upon (CL)
Trespass-Posted Property (CR.6.402)
School: Trespass on Ground (ED.26.102)
School: Disturb Operation (ED.26.101)
Con-School: Disturb Operation (CL)
Disorderly Conduct (CR.10.201.(c)(2))
Con-Disorderly Conduct (CL)

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Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Sexually Abusing Family Member

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Joseph Walter, 34, of Annapolis, was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Glenn L. Klavans to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a 12 year old family member.

"It takes an immense amount of bravery to report sexual abuse, especially when the perpetrator is a family member," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I applaud the victim for bringing this case to light, and am grateful to Judge Klavans for holding Joseph Walter accountable for his actions."

On March 30, 2016, the family of the victim contacted the Anne Arundel Police Department to report an incident of sexual abuse that occurred approximately four years earlier.

Between August and November, 2012, Joseph Walter lived with relatives in their home. During his stay, Walter sexually abused his 12 year old family member on three separate occasions.

Joseph Walter was found guilty of Sexual Abuse of a Minor by and Anne Arundel County Jury on March 1, 2017.

"I strongly encourage victims of sexual abuse to call 911 and seek help in law enforcement," continued Adams. "Our prosecutors will tirelessly seek justice on your behalf, and our victim-advocates will guide you through the process."

Judge Glenn L. Klavans presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Jason Miller prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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State's Attorney Wes Adams Announces New Public Information Officer

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Emily A. Morse will manage media relations for the Office of the State's Attorney in her new position as the Office's Public Information Officer.

Prior to joining The Office of the State's Attorney, Ms. Morse worked in the communications field as a brand advocate in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ms. Morse is a graduate of Fordham University, where she completed a double-major in Communications & Media Studies and Art History. She has experience in the effects of "new media" on democratizing information and collecting and disseminating information across a multitude of social media platforms.

Ms. Morse previously lived in La Paz, Honduras, where she volunteered for Amigos de las Americas as a school teacher.

"I am thrilled to welcome Emily to our team," said State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Not only does Emily come from a law-enforcement family, but she has a solid understanding of the diversity of our communities and an expertise in the modern world of ever changing communication methodologies."

Ms. Morse's first day on the job is today, May 15, 2017. Please direct any press or communication inquiries to Emily A. Morse at 410.507.8908 and by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Pasadena Man Guilty of Second Degree Murder

Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Joseph Patrick Soule, 28, of Pasadena, was found guilty of Second Degree Murder by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court jury on Friday.

"Without any eye witnesses, this was a difficult case to prove," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "I'm thankful to police and prosecutors for their diligent work in pulling together the evidence and holding Soule accountable."

On the morning of May 12, 2014, the body of Christie Pelland was found at the Medical Arts Building in Glen Burnie, where she worked as an overnight cleaner. Ms. Pelland was stabbed 66 times and cut an additional 20 times.

In the week prior to her murder, Ms. Pelland became associated with Joseph Patrick Soule, to whom she supplied drugs in exchange for access to his car.

On May 11 at approximately 10:30 pm, Soule informed an associate that he was going to meet Ms. Pelland. Approximately three hours later, at the time of the murder, cell phone tracking data places Soule in the area of Ms. Pelland.

Police recovered bloody shoeprints near the victim's body. These shoeprints are consistent with a pair of Nike Air Visi Pro IV shoes Soule was observed shoplifting on May 11. The shoes were never recovered. On the morning of May 12, Surveillance video captured Soule at a Glen Burnie mall without any shoes on. He hurried into a store and purchased a new pair of Nike shoes.

DNA testing determined that Christie Pelland's blood was found in Soule's vehicle on the interior of the driver's door.

Joseph Patrick Soule faces up to 30 years in prison as a result of this conviction. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.

Judge Laura S. Kiessling presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorneys Jason Steinhardt and Anastasia Prigge prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.

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