BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore man known as a mentor to young girls has been arrested on child sex charges.
Kai Jackson has more.
City police say it’s clear to them that this is a case of child sex abuse. Parents of the victims say it’s a gross betrayal of trust.
Baltimore City police arrested Charles Shelley, 44, last week. Police say he sexually assaulted a student at North East Middle School on Moravia Road.
“He’s arrested for an incident that happened back in December where he allegedly sexually assaulted and inappropriately touched a 13-year-old female,” said Baltimore City Police Detective Jeremy Silbert.
Police say the alleged assault began in Herring Run Park in Northeast Baltimore. They say Shelley was supposed to drive the victim home from school, but instead took her to the park and groped her inside his car. They say when he suspected the park was about to close, he abruptly left.
Police say after Charles Shelley left Herring Run Park, he drove the teenage victim to what used to be Lake Clifton High School and assaulted her again.
Police say Shelley mentored several young girls at North East Middle. Apparently he was able to remove the victim and other girls from class for mentoring. The school system says Shelley was not an authorized mentor nor an employee, so how he gained access is unclear.
“He later drove her home. She told her parents and police were called,” Silbert said.
The city school system says according to the paperwork, Shelley has never been fingerprinted or part of any mentoring program.