Sexual Child Abuse
In April 2018, the Department of Social Services received a report of a sexual child abuse. The Annapolis Police Department Criminal Investigations Section was made aware of the allegation and worked with the Department of Social Services to investigate the sexual abuse complaint. The juvenile victim reported they were sexually abused on several occasions between November 2017 and March 2018 in a home in Annapolis.
The victim identified the suspect as Mark Thoms, 38, of Severna Park. The suspect was employed by Anne Arundel County Public Schools during the time of the abuse. Detectives conducted interviews and worked with the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office to obtain an arrest warrant for the suspect, Mark Thoms.
On October 9, 2018 Mark Thoms turned himself in to the Annapolis Police Department. Thoms is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, sexual solicitation of a minor, three counts of fourth degree sexual offense as a person in a position of authority, three county of fourth degree sexual offense-sexual contact, and three counts of second degree assault. He is being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center without bond.
This is an active investigation and we urge any other victims or anyone with information on this incident to contact our detectives at 410-260-3439. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or the Annapolis Police Department Tip Line 410-280-CLUE.
Submitting Anonymous Tips to Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland
Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland is an organization separate from the Annapolis Police Department. When you phone in or submit your Annapolis crime tip online or through the P3 Tips smartphone app Metro Crime Stoppers receives your tip anonymously and only forwards your tip information to the Annapolis Police Department. No identifying information is ever forwarded to us. Metro Crime Stoppers uses a special coding system to protect your identity, they do not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. If your tip leads to the arrest or indictment of a person for a felony you could qualify for up to a $2,000 cash reward from Metro Crime Stoppers. You can submit a tip by calling 1-866-7LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587), visiting www.metrocrimestoppers.org, or through the P3 Tips smartphone app. The app can be found in the Apple or Android app stores by searching for P3 Tips.