La Plata man accused of sex offense against minor
A prominent University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center physician, and county government employee, was arrested by police last Friday, accused of inappropriately touching an underage girl.
Dr. Darin Mann, 51, who, according to a county government press release, had been employed as vice chair of the hospital’s emergency department, was ar- rested on a warrant after a 15-year-old girl report- edly told authorities that Mann had grabbed her buttocks while visiting his home in La Plata in late December, charging documents show.
On Jan. 13, Mann was arrested following three weeks of investigation by the Charles County Sheriff’s Office special victims unit, court records show. On Dec. 26, three days after the alleged incident, the 15-year-old girl report- ed the allegations to detectives. The girl stated that she was a visitor at Mann’s home when he began making inappropriate comments. She reportedly told detectives he then grabbed her buttock over her clothes and took a picture with his cell phone, and said he had touched her inappropriately in late November as well, charging documents indicate.
Detectives seized Mann’s cell phone a few days later and reportedly found a photograph depicting the girl’s buttock in a black pair of pants, court records revealed. Mann was released on $10,000 bond the day of his arrest.
In October, Mann had been appointed as the jurisdictional medical director of the Charles County Department of Emergency Services, a part-time position in which he oversaw the quality of patient care provided by the county’s professional and volunteer medical personnel, according to a government press release about his appointment.
Mann was “separat- ed from employment” with the Charles County government on Jan. 13, according to a spokesperson.
Charles Regional Medical Center staff declined to comment on the case in person, and did not immediately respond to the Maryland Independent’s written inquiry. Mann is not list- ed in the hospital’s online employee directory.
Mann had also been credentialed to practice at Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, though his privileges were immediately suspended once the hospital was made aware of the allegations, according to hospital spokesperson Kasia Sweeney, who added that Mann had never worked a shift at the facility. Sweeney said he had previously been authorized to practice at Calvert Memorial through his employment with Emergency Medicine Associates, a physician-owned practice that contracts with hospitals in Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, according to its website.
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