Uncovering the abusers

The Baltimore Sun

Our view: Recent cases of serial child sexual abuse demonstrate why Maryland must reform its reporting laws to discourage cover-ups and prosecute perpetrators

November 27, 2012

The case of John Merzbacher, the former South Baltimore Catholic middle school teacher who turned out to be a serial child sexual abuser, represents a terrible tragedy of child abuse fostered by too many others willing to turn a blind eye.

But if his case is extreme, it is not unique, and it’s particularly galling to hear of cases like that involving Mr. Merzbacher, whose behavior went unreported for decades, or Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky, where even an incident in the men’s shower witnessed by a staff member failed to motivate school officials to alert authorities.

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