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Man charged with sexually abusing boy he was caring for in home

October 19, 2006

CLEAR SPRING - A 36-year-old Hagerstown man who worked at a children's group home is charged with sexually abusing one of the boys in his care, Washington County District Court records indicate.

Jamie Frederick Putney, of 801 S. Potomac St., Apt. 1, allegedly began abusing a boy at Big Pine Children's Shelter in Clear Spring when the victim was 12 years old. When asked why he moved from Big Pine to Shining Tree Children's Home in Hagerstown, the victim said there were "sexual issues with kids and a staff member," a charging document states.

Putney is charged with two counts of sex abuse of a minor, sex abuse of a minor continuing course of conduct, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense, sodomy and perverted practice, according to court records.

According to a charging document, the victim told police Putney and he had various types of sexual contact more than 10 times while he was at Big Pine. The last incident was May 16, the charging document states.

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Bill Rouse, an administrator for Children's Resource Incorporated, which includes both Big Pine and Shining Tree, said Wednesday the group homes each serve as many as 14 boys ages 7 to 16 at a time. The boys come to the homes after they have been removed from their own homes by the departments of juvenile services or social services, Rouse said.

The victim said he met Putney at an Owings Mills, Md., home, and he and the man had a "strong relationship, like a chain that never breaks."

According to the charging document, Rouse told police Putney was disciplined in April and November 2005 for violations of policy involving the victim. In April 2005, he was advised about "horseplaying" with the victim, the document states.

According to the document, Putney began working for Children's Resources Incorporated in 1992, and he was promoted to program director at the Mt. Harmony home in Owings Mills in 1999. In 2003, Putney became director of operations, and he took over as program director at Big Pine in June 2004, the document states.

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