La Plata man ac­cused of sex of­fense against mi­nor

Maryland Independent - - News - AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

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.

An EMA spokesper­son could not be reached by phone, as of press time Tues­day af­ter­noon.

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