July 29, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A juvenile offender has pleaded guilty to escaping from a state-run detention center near Sabillasville, Md., along with 13 other youths during a violent episode in May. Eighteen-year-old Julian Jackson, of Randallstown, pleaded guilty to the sole charge of second-degree escape Wednesday in district court in Frederick. Jackson was 18 during the May 27 incident and was charged as an adult. He is the first to face judgment in adult court for his role in the escape.
September 15, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- One of nine juvenile offenders charged in a violent escape from a state-run detention center near Sabillasville has been sentenced to a year in jail for his role in the incident. Sixteen-year-old Davantay Sanders, of Baltimore, was sentenced after pleading guilty Monday in Frederick to second-degree escape and fourth-degree burglary. He is the fourth defendant to plead guilty in the May 27 escape of 14 youths from the Victor Cullen Center. Prosecutors say Sanders helped keep a set of handcuffs away from staff members who were trying to restrain a youth at the start of the incident.
April 11, 2013
A Hagerstown man has been charged in Frederick County Circuit Court with using a state-issued credit card to steal almost $95,000 while employed at the Victor Cullen Center, according to the Maryland Attorney General's Office. Douglas Allen Fairfax, 42, of 1008 Hagerstown Boulevard, is charged with one count of theft between $10,000 and $100,000, records said. His initial court appearance is set for May 3, court records said. Fairfax is accused of using the credit card to steal $94,868 between Jan. 18, 2011, and Feb. 29, 2012, while employed as the food administrator at the Victor Cullen Center., a Maryland Department of Juvenile Services secure treatment center in Sabillasville, Md., the attorney general's news release said.
June 3, 2009
SABILLASVILLE, Md. -- Staff members at Victor Cullen Center in northern Frederick County, Md., were attacked with screwdrivers, wooden chairs and staple guns last week while the juvenile detention center was temporarily overtaken by its detainees, an assistant public defender told a judge Wednesday. A Department of Juvenile Services spokeswoman said injuries to staff during the May 27 incident were minor, but Washington County Assistant Public Defender Loren Villa said in court Wednesday that five or six of the facility's staff members were taken to the hospital and many needed time off from work.
September 29, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A Frederick County judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to six years in prison for starting a melee at a state-run detention center that led to the escape of 14 juveniles last spring. Michael Martin pleaded guilty Monday to escape and second-degree assault. Prosecutors told the judge that Martin started the riot at the Victor Cullen Center after a staffer unplugged a phone because he went over his allotted time. A second teen, 16-year-old Georges Duk, also pleaded guilty to escape Monday, saying he knew what he did was wrong.
July 20, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- A 16-year-old boy faces adult charges in the violent escape of 14 juvenile offenders from the state-run Victor Cullen Center near Sabillasville in May. Georges Duk Jr., of Montgomery County, had his trial set for late October during his appearance Monday in Frederick County Circuit Court. He is charged with first-degree escape, second-degree assault, burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property stemming from the May 27 incident in which six staff members were hurt.
October 22, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Frederick County prosecutors say one of the ringleaders in the escape of 14 residents of a state-run juvenile detention center has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Dayquane Barnes, now 18, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree escape, second-degree burglary and second-degree assault. Barnes was the last of nine Victor Cullen Center residents to admit guilt in the mass escape that left six staff members injured. Prosecutors say Barnes seriously injured at least four of the six wounded staffers.
July 28, 2009
Will Rogers once famously compared Communism to Prohibition, saying that "it's a good idea, but it won't work. " Based on recent history, such seems to be the case with the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville, which reopened in 2007 after spending five years in mothballs due to a litany of escapes and operational problems. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium dating back to 1907, the rambling stone complex in rural Frederick County near the Pennsylvania border was fashioned into a reform school for boys in 1965 and today is the state's only treatment center for troubled youth.