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Spalding still getting paid

January 04, 2000

Steven Kenneth Spalding, an employee of the Washington County government arrested last week on sex charges, remained suspended with pay following a closed session meeting of the County Commissioners Tuesday.

The details of the meeting were not released. But the commissioners took no action in open session following the meeting, County Attorney Richard Douglas said.

That meant Spalding's employment status did not change, he said. He would not comment further.

The county is referring all calls about Spalding to Douglas.

Spalding and his attorney, D. Bruce Poole, did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

Spalding, who has been a county employee since 1991, is a project manager in the Engineering Department. His annual salary is about $36,000, according to county documents.

He served two terms on the Hagerstown City Council, from 1981-1989.

Spalding was arrested at his home Dec. 29 and charged with 38 counts including second-degree rape, child pornography and other sex offenses involving a 13-year-old Washington County girl he allegedly met over the Internet, police said.

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He was released after posting a $75,000 property bond.

- Scott Butki

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