Lusby manager faces allegations of sexual assault
Contracted employee at nuclear power plant accused of inappropriate touching
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.