Fort Meade Day Care Operator Accused of Sexually Abusing a Minor

First woman charged under new Maryland program

BALTIMORE -- A Fort Meade day care operator has been indicted for sexually abusing a minor, federal prosecutors said.

Sarah Ellison, 31, is the first woman to be charged under Maryland's Project Safe Childhood Program, authorities said. The indictment was returned Thursday.

Ellison is charged with two counts of sexual abuse with a 12- to 16-year-old boy from November 2005 to June 2006, prosecutors said. The boy and Ellison allegedly touched one another sexually 10 to 20 times.

Authorities learned the boy was staying at Ellison's home -- where she operated a day care -- because the boy was friends with her stepchildren.

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