Lusby man­ager faces al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault

Con­tracted em­ployee at nu­clear power plant ac­cused of in­ap­pro­pri­ate touch­ing

The Calvert Recorder - - News - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecDANDAN

A Lusby man, iden­ti­fied as a con­tracted man­ager in food ser­vices at Calvert Cliffs Nu­clear Power Plant, faces an al­le­ga­tion of sex­ual as­sault in which a 26-year-old woman claims he touched her in­ap­pro­pri­ately at work.

Richard Glenn Burns, 35, faces charges of sec­ond-de­gree sex­ual as­sault and fourth-de­gree sex­ual of­fense, both mis­de­meanors.

On Sept. 27, Brit­tany Stampfer told po­lice that Burns al­legedly asked to touch her but­tocks af­ter ask­ing her to come into his of­fice around 1 p.m. that day. Af­ter she said no, he re­port­edly “grabbed her left arm to pull her closer and spun her around so her back was pressed against his chest,” ac­cord­ing to the po­lice re­port.

Burns then al­legedly wrapped his arms around her chest and pulled her pants and un­der­wear down four times. The vic­tim told Dfc. Ryan Evans of the sher­iff’s of­fice that she pulled her clothes back up ev­ery time, be­fore she ran out of the of­fice on the al­leged fifth time. For the rest of the day, she said Burns didn’t have any con­tact with her.

Be­fore the in­ci­dent at his of­fice, Stampfer told po­lice Burns had started mak­ing sex­ual com­ments to her about two weeks prior and al­legedly “grabbed her butt” on Sept. 18 and again on Sept. 26 in the walk-in fridge at the cafe­te­ria, where she worked.

When Evans ap­proached Burns at his Lusby home, Burns re­port­edly de­clined to pro­vide a writ­ten state­ment and told the of­fi­cer “he didn’t touch any­body’s butt,” Evans wrote in the po­lice re­port.

When reached by phone Tues­day, Burns de­clined to com­ment, de­fer­ring the mat­ter to his lawyer, Joshua Tarr.

“Mr. Burns con­tin­ues to as­sert his in­no­cence in this case that will be in­ves­ti­gated thor­oughly and will be de­fended vig­or­ously to ob­tain the jus­tice and truth of what, if any, oc­curred,” Tarr said by phone Tues­day. “The truth will be dis­played in the proper mo­ment.”

Since the in­ci­dent on Sept. 27, Stampfer said by phone this week that Tues­day was the first day she went back to work.

“All day long, I just wanted to cry,” she said Tues­day af­ter­noon. “I thought I was do­ing bet­ter. But some­thing like that just messes with me emo­tion­ally.”

Stampfer said she ini­tially went home af­ter work on Sept. 27, not sure what to do be­cause she was “in shock and scared.” Af­ter talk­ing to her mother and a co-worker, she said she talked to a se­cu­rity su­per­vi­sor from the plant and was told to con­tact po­lice.

“It’s still tak­ing a toll on me,” she said. “I feel like it’s me against the world.”

It is the pol­icy of The Calvert Recorder not to pub­lish names of al­leged vic­tims of sex crimes, un­less the com­plainant is both an adult and gives the news­pa­per ap­proval to print their name.

A hear­ing for Burns is sched­uled for Nov. 26 in district court.

Mark Fla­herty, site vice pres­i­dent of Ex­elon, which op­er­ates the power plant, is­sued an emailed state­ment Wed­nes­day.

“Ex­elon re­quires that all em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing con­tracted em­ploy­ees, be pro­vided a safe work­place, free of ha­rass­ment and dis­crim­i­na­tion,” he wrote. “We are co­op­er­at­ing fully with lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cials on this ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and are un­able to pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion un­til their in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted.”

Janna Jack­son, spokes­woman for the plant, de­clined to an­swer fur­ther ques­tions “due to the ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” she wrote in an email Wed­nes­day, but con­firmed by phone that Burns is a con­tracted em­ployee at the plant.

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