- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
A Washington, D.C., teenager was served through a summons this week with a charge of second-degree assault in court papers alleging that he committed the offense last July on a 10-year-old boy while employed as a counselor at a camp in Scotland.
Shane Delrenzo Baptiste, now 19, “assaulted the victim by striking him with a plastic cord on the bare skin of his upper thighs,” charging papers allege, “and restraining him by the ankles so another counselor could strike him in the same manner.”
Maryland State Police went to Camp Ernest Brown in early August to investigate the reported assault, and were advised that camp officials learned of the assault from a cellphone video of the incident, according to a charges application filed later that month by police Sgt. S.B. Koch, assigned to the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
“The defendant advised he assaulted the victim because the victim talked to him in a disrespectful manner,” the sergeant wrote in the charges application.
Detectives reported Thursday that two 17-year-old Washington, D.C., boys also identified as suspects in the matter have been referred to juvenile services authorities.
Investigators confirmed in August that their investigation included responding to reports of counselors encouraging campers to take part in impromptu “fight club” activity at the camp operated by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, D.C., but no charges specifically referring to that alleged activity have been reported from the inquiry initiated and assisted by the camp’s administrators.