October 14, 2005

Sexual abuser, ex-official of Md. group, is in custody

The News Journal

The News Journal
ELKTON, Md. -- A former officer of the Knights of Columbus is back in Maryland police custody after other officials of Bishop Becker Council 2427 learned he was a repeat child molester whose parole conditions banned contact with minors.

Dennis M. George, 68 of Elkton, listed as a former chancellor of the council, often was in the council's building on U.S. 40 in Elkton when the children of members were there or youth from Immaculate Conception parish were working, council officials say, but they did not know the restrictions he was supposed to be observing.

The mother of a teenager who used to work at bingo in the hall recognized George's photograph on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry, however, and complained to council and church officials last fall. Her complaint triggered a more thorough review of his background, his resignation and subsequent arrest for parole violations.

According to News Journal records, George pleaded guilty to a 1985 sexual offense against a young girl and served four years of a 10-year sentence. He was released in October 1989 with the condition that he "not reside with or be in any unsupervised setting with minor children."

Posted by kshaw at October 14, 2005 11:03 AM