BALTIMORE (WJZ) –The man charged with heading up security for the Ravens finds himself at the center of a sex offense allegation.
Derek Valcourt has details and reaction from the team.
The victim is a female employee at the stadium and says while she was directing the head of security to an elevator, he began hitting on her and then touching her inappropriately.
When Head Coach John Harbough takes the field after a game, few people are paying close attention to the man always walking a few steps behind him. That’s Darren Sanders, head of Ravens security.
The 48-year-old former Baltimore City police officer has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense.
WJZ has learned the allegations stem from an incident that occurred at M&T Bank Stadium during the Jacksonville game.
That’s when an employee filed a complaint with Baltimore City police alleging while she escorted Sanders in part of the building, he “groped her buttocks more than once,” he “pressed his body against her’s” even “kissed her neck” and then “attempted to force her to grab” his privates.
The Ravens released a statement saying, “we are aware of the situation and have been investigating thoroughly.”
As head of security, Sanders conducted the team’s investigation into the now infamous Ray Rice domestic violence arrest. Sanders reportedly never saw the infamous video himself, but instead New Jersey police described the video to him.
“And Darren took notes and gave his description as he understood to John and Ozzie I believe,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in September.
Whether Sanders can return to M&T Bank Stadium remains in question.
The victim has filed a protective order against him saying she does not feel safe at work.
Per NFL policy, Sanders is now on paid administrative leave with the NFL. His attorney tells WJZ, Sanders categorically denies the allegations and looks forward to his day in court.
A hearing on the restraining order is set for next week.
A court date for the sex offense charge is set for Feb. 9.
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