February 24, 2006

Man charged with intimidating witnesses

The Jeffersonian

By Bryan P. Sears

A former Lutherville-area community association president and church volunteer stands charged with attempting to intimidate witnesses who were to testify against him in a child sex-abuse case earlier this year.

Michael Martin, a former president of the Pine Valley-Valleywood Association, faces four charges related to attempting to intimidate an employee of the Baltimore County Police Department. That employee was scheduled to testify against Martin last month in a child sexual-abuse case.

Martin pleaded guilty on Jan. 18 to fondling a pre-teen girl. He faces one year in jail on the sex-offense conviction and could be ordered to register as a child sex offender. Sentencing, scheduled for March, could be delayed as a result of the new charges.

Posted by kshaw at February 24, 2006 08:07 AM