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Man charged with child abuse

September 02, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

A Waynesboro, Pa., man was charged Tuesday with assaulting boys at a mental health treatment center by licking and biting their ears, Maryland State Police said.

Gregory Nelson, 38, of 7 W. King St., was charged with three counts of child abuse and four counts of second-degree assault, police said.

The assaults were alleged to have taken place at Stoneridge, a transitional home for children and adolescents at Brook Lane Health Center, 13204 Brook Lane Drive.

Nelson had worked part time there, but is no longer an employee, said Lynn Rushing, Brook Lane's chief executive officer.

Between Jan. 14 and April 12, four boys were assaulted numerous times, police said.

They were struck in the head with keys and their ears were licked and bitten, police said.

Two of the victims were 10 years old, one was 11 and one was 12, police said.

Trooper 1st Class Michael S. Potter began investigating the case four months ago after he was contacted by the Washington County Department of Social Services, according to charging documents.

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Four boys told police that they had been assaulted frequently while they were living at the center. In one case, the assaults occurred on a daily basis, charging documents alleged.

The 11-year-old alleged he had been at the center for about two months when the improper treatment began.

The boy alleged the man would "lick, bite and stick his tongue in his ear when other staff members weren't present," charging documents said.

"The defendant ordered him to his room on numerous occasions, pushes him onto the bed, and then the defendant gets on top of him and starts licking and biting his ear," charging documents said.

Nelson denied any wrongdoing in an interview with police April 19, charging documents said.

Nelson was released from custody after posting $7,500 bond, police said.

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