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Sunday, September 02, 2018

A Viewer Writes: Pocomoke Man Arrested On Multiple Sexual Charges (child pornography)

Case Information
Court System:District Court For Worcester County - Criminal
Location:Snow Hill
Case Number:D-024-CR-18-000414
Title:State of Maryland vs. RODNEY ODELL HARMON, Jr.
Case Type:Criminal - SOC - Application
Filing Date:08/27/2018
Case Status:Open
Tracking Number(s):181001326391

Other Reference Numbers
Central Complaint Number :18-0001188

Defendant Information
Defendant
Name:HARMON, RODNEY ODELL Jr.
Race:BlackSex:MaleHeight:6'1"Weight:195
HairColor:BlackEyeColor:
DOB:12/25/1984
Address:6022 GEORGE ISLAND RD
City:STOCKTONState:MDZip Code:21864-0000

Involved Parties Information
Plaintiff
Name:State of Maryland

Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff
Name:State's Attorney - Worcester County
Address Line 1:106 Franklin Street
City:SNOW HILLState:MDZip Code:21863


Officer - Arresting/Complainant
Name:MARTIN, V
AgencyName:WORCESTER COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE
Address:1 W. MARKET ST., ROOM 1001
City:SNOW HILLState:MDZip Code:21863

Court Scheduling Information
Event TypeEvent DateEvent TimeCourt LocationCourt RoomResult
Hearing - Bail/ Bond Review08/29/201809:30:00Worcester District Court - Snow Hill

Charge and Disposition Information
Charge No:1CJIS Code:1-0300Statute Code:CR.11.207.(a)(4)
Charge Description:CHILD PORN PROMOTE/DISTRBCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:2CJIS Code:2-3799Statute Code:CR.11.207.(a)(1)
Charge Description:CHILD PORN SOLICIT SUBJECTCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:3CJIS Code:1-0322Statute Code:CR.3.602.(b)(1)
Charge Description:SEX ABUSE MINORCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:4CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:5CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:6CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:7CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:8CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:9CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:10CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:11CJIS Code:3-3600Statute Code:CR.3.307
Charge Description:SEX OFFENSE THIRD DEGREECharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:12CJIS Code:1-0322Statute Code:CR.3.602.(b)(1)
Charge Description:SEX ABUSE MINORCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:13CJIS Code:1-0322Statute Code:CR.3.602.(b)(1)
Charge Description:SEX ABUSE MINORCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:14CJIS Code:1-0322Statute Code:CR.3.602.(b)(1)
Charge Description:SEX ABUSE MINORCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:15CJIS Code:2-3799Statute Code:CR.11.207.(a)(1)
Charge Description:CHILD PORN SOLICIT SUBJECTCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:16CJIS Code:1-0295Statute Code:CR.11.202.(a)(3)
Charge Description:OBSCENE MAT/PUCLSH/DISTRIBCharge Class:Misdemeanor
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:17CJIS Code:1-0295Statute Code:CR.11.202.(a)(3)
Charge Description:OBSCENE MAT/PUCLSH/DISTRIBCharge Class:Misdemeanor
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:18CJIS Code:1-0300Statute Code:CR.11.207.(a)(4)
Charge Description:CHILD PORN PROMOTE/DISTRBCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:
Charge No:19CJIS Code:2-3799Statute Code:CR.11.207.(a)(1)
Charge Description:CHILD PORN SOLICIT SUBJECTCharge Class:Felony Circuit Court
Probable Cause:YES
Offense Date From:05/01/2017To: 08/01/2018
Agency Name:Officer ID:

Warrants Information
TypeIssueLast StatusStatus Date
Arrest Warrant08/27/2018Warrant Served08/28/2018

Bond Setting Information
Bail Date:08/28/2018
Bail Setting Type:Hold Without Bond
Bail Amount:$0.00

Document Information
File Date:08/27/2018Close Date:
Filed By:
Document Name:Document Issued

File Date:08/27/2018Close Date:
Filed By:
Document Name:Arrest Warrant Issued

File Date:08/28/2018Close Date:
Filed By:
Document Name:Warrant/Writ Served

File Date:08/28/2018Close Date:
Filed By:
Document Name:Initial Appearance

File Date:08/28/2018Close Date:
Filed By:
Document Name:Defendant Waived Attorney at Initial Appearance

File Date:08/28/2018Close Date:
Filed By:
Document Name:Commitment Pending Hearing

File Date:08/28/2018Close Date:
Filed By:
Document Name:Public Defender Eligibility Certificate


A youth leader from Pocomoke from Bayside Community Church was arrested yesterday charged with 19 counts of child pornography and solicitation of minor, including lude sexual acts. The charges are listed on the Maryland court records site. His name is Rodney Harmon

81 comments:

Anonymous said...

Catholic?

Anonymous said...

Southern Baptist. Catholics have enough problems.

Anonymous said...

Catholic, I doubt. Probably some new age Joel Osteen type church.
Doesn't matter what religion or belief system you have. You can be a Christian or an Atheist, but it seems child molesters are attracted to jobs and positions over children.

At our church, our youth leaders are never alone. There are always more than one person at a time assisting. Same when my kids were in scouts. All it takes is one false accusation and you are ruined for life.

I for one will never volunteer for any youth activity because of this.

Anonymous said...

put him behind bars & throw away the key!

Anonymous said...

7:03 they didn't say that. how about maybe teacher? druggie? welfare recipient? or better yet, member of your eastern shore hillbilly family?

Anonymous said...

7:03 not Catholic but this will be interesting to see how this is handled. They need to address this immediately and not hide behind the "on going investigation" excuse.

Anonymous said...

Bayside Community Church leaders....in the days to come, you will have many choices regarding how to address this evil....Detreich Bonhoffer once stated that "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil".....I am praying that God gives you the strength to stand against evil and protect and stand for the youth in your care.....

Anonymous said...

*Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Anonymous said...

Demographics and geography point to Baptist.

Anonymous said...

Can you read.

Anonymous said...

He is a registered Democrat and has a Hillary sticker on his car!

Anonymous said...

8:17 You mean shorebilly? No hills 'round here!

Anonymous said...

Do you think that this will make the news? This church needs to be held responsible I think. 19 Counts are you serious... and there are 5 more charges out of Somerset County today.

Anonymous said...

I’m pretty sure none of you guys know the full story. Not defending him, what he did is obviously wrong and he should get a harsh punishment for, but until you know that full facts stop commenting stuff that you think is true or what you want to believe.

Anonymous said...

I am sure the church is working with the authorities. If a person has a clean record and passes a background check (the same one used for teachers) how can you hold the church responsible? You hold the sick person who committed these awful crimes responsible. This in no way reflects the churches views. I am sure the church is as devastated and upset as everyone else.

Anonymous said...

Instead of helping the kids involved we spread this publicly and at school events and make accusations of hiding. No sir no one is hiding u throw names out you have proven you have an agenda instead of actually being there for the kids. So may God bless u and your child. ( the root of all evil is ?).

Anonymous said...

FBC

Anonymous said...

You know everything else u should be able to answer that your self f b c

Anonymous said...

What

Anonymous said...

The evil person needs to be held accountable. The church does a background check before they let anyone lead the youth

Anonymous said...

What happened to innocent before proven guilty

Anonymous said...

Boy your jumping to all sorts of conclusions.

Anonymous said...

What happened to innocent til proven guility???

Anonymous said...

Whats your point????

Anonymous said...

I pray this church is working diligently with the authorities. The church IS accountable for the well being and safety of children/minors when in their care. Were the victims ever left alone with this perpetrator? I assume the answer to this question is yes unless someone else is involved. I sincerely hope the church leaders have reached out to the victims and their families with an outpouring of love and support during this most dufficult time. This horrendous tragedy has devastated many. The way in which the church handles this tragedy will strongly influence how non-believes will perceive Christians’ hearts. I pray the love of God will be shown by many to these precious victims and their families.

Anonymous said...

"A youth leader from Pocomoke from Bayside Community Church was arrested..."


This happens all the time in these fly by night churches. Non-denominational churches are the worst kind, you just don't hear about it as often. BTW, where is the MSM news story on this? It's overshadowed by the Catholic Church scandal because the Left Wingnuts want to take down the biggest and oldest church in the world.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
FBC

August 29, 2018 at 8:57 PM
Anonymous Anonymous said...
You know everything else u should be able to answer that your self f b c

August 29, 2018 at 9:00 PM

Ok, what is FBC?? What is your message MORON!! You are anonymous so go ahead and spit it out, no one knows you.

Anonymous said...

Bayside Community Church is a Baptist Church not non-denominational. So then there is that...FBC probably stands for First Baptist Church in Pocomoke as there is an apparent turf war going on.

Anonymous1 said...

This is not a non-dedominational church, nor is it "fly by night". It's southern Baptist. And I've been going there five years, and it's been going strong for several years before that. At least get your facts straight.
Btw, background checks are done for anyone who works or volunteers at the church. Also, the church actually reported this to the police as soon as they knew about it and have tried to do what's right in every way, as far as I can tell. It's completely broken many hearts...

Anonymous said...

No turf war except the one you are salty over I am amazed that the word Moron comes out of your mouth. Please go pray for forgiveness for the corruption that you are causing for these children you are blasting out in publici know God will handle this and you and yours. Protect your own and fess up. I am praying for all the counties and people you have affected over the years. The fact it makes you feel good to blast what has allegedly and I do mean allegedly very strongly has happened to children says a lot about you as a person

Unknown said...

I bet the church congregation doesnt know who accused a leader is musconduct.

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Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter what kind of church or denomination these people that prey on children are all attracted to places where kids are available to seek and control.it is very sad that it happened within a church of any kind NO DENOMINATION is except if these kind of people are around they don't walk around with a sign on their chest announcing it we are all taught to trust and we teach our children the same unfortunately it happens at schools and all kinds of group activities that kids attend WE ALL must keep a stronger outlook for our children I PRAY FOR THE CHURCH AND ITS CONGREGATION THAT THEY STAY STRONG IT IS THE DEVILS WORK TRYING TO SPLIT UP PEOPLE OF FAITH PRAY FOR THE FAMILY AND THE VICTIM OF THE HORRID CRIME

Anonymous said...

HELLOOOO Aren't we all believing in the same God and I'm sure after attending alot of denominations of Churches in my lifetime that all of them believed in the same thing don't think name-calling and rideculing is what was and is still taught at churches today in the world in which the DEVIL is trying to divide let us all try to love and pray for all the churches things like this doesn't hurt just the church it affects BUT ALL BELIEVERS OF GOD UNITE !! UNITE !!! UNITE !!! DONT!!!DIVDE THE SANCTITY OF THE LORD

Anonymous1 said...

It happens at every type of church, unfortunately. Even with background checks. And this one is a southern Baptist, not non-denominational. It was started as an offshoot of Lynnhaven Baptist and has been there for 7-8 years.

Anonymous said...

You do not have the facts on this serious crime. It takes more than an ABUNDANCE of evidence to arrest someone and hold them without bond. The fact that you would denigrate a pastor and his son on social media is appalling. Let the justice system do its job. . The conversation on this blog is evidence of how destructive social media can be.

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

this breaks my heart! i praise the courage of these young people who have spoken the truth! by thier testimony they will have saved future families from this vulture who preys on our children!

Anonymous said...

this just breaks my heart! stand and applaud these brave children for speaking the truth! By thier testimony this vulture will be stopped and save future families from the pain and hurt he would had continued to caused. it is time for God to be all of ours Lord. We trust him to heal these children, these families, and the church. It is time for those of us who are following this blog to stand tall and come along side of these hurting families and show God love and comfort. It was by God Goodness this has stopped. this predator has been stopped and is being held without bail. by the mere fact that their is no bail available to him is a sign that there is way more to his sin that is being rumored about . judges do not withhold bail without just cause . may God rule in all of us and may we be charged with the task to come along these children, thier families and churches to make them whole again! Peace be spoken here!

Anonymous said...

Wait? A pastor and his son did this? Where did u get this information? Is it public?

Anonymous said...

There are many questions yet to be answered by law enforcement and the church leaders. After the church became aware of these crimes, the perpetrator was released from his position. After that, did the church leaders turn thie man in to the authorities? I certainly hope they did not hesitate to do so. Doing otherwise would be like the Catholic Church has done for decades, which is covering up the despicable acts among leadership in their church. No one is attempting to bring down a church but it is of upmost importance that this church is open and transparent about everything concerning this situation. The future of this church will be determined by the actions of its leadership and the Christian love it shows to the victims and their families.

Anonymous said...

It has nothing to do with the son. Nor is it the pastor Get your facts right. If going commen, comment with actual facts, not speculation. Get y'alls life together and stop accusing people you know nothing about.

Anonymous said...

if I was a parent of one of those kids

That child molester would be going to the after life

Anonymous said...

Facts are - A youth leader from Pocomoke from Bayside Community Church was arrested yesterday charged with 19 counts of child pornography and solicitation of minor, including lude sexual acts. The charges are listed on the Maryland court records site. His name is Rodney Harmon.

Anonymous said...

Words are free on here but it how you use them that may cost you

mommy13 said...

Production of pornography sounds like they have evidence, Duh?

Anonymous said...

Did you seriously ask that?

Anonymous said...

First Baptist is a great church and they have great people. I personally know many of the people that attend there.

Anonymous said...

I was sexually abused by my father in the state of North Carolina, so this was particularly upsetting. As far as I'm concerned all child abusers need the death penalty. They can't be reformed, so death is the only treatment to stop their sickness. But the citizens have to pay for their stay, which is not fair.

Anonymous said...

This should be taken down, and all involved should be prayed over. Many lives have been changed and affected by this, and spreading more rumors/lies helps nothing. May God be with ALL involved, and wrap them in layers of protection.

Anonymous said...

I could not have said it better myself. This affects so many and the children will never fully recover. It makes me sick to my stomach.

Anonymous said...

Cannot believe there has not been more information regarding this on the news stations. The fact that Mr. Harmon acted the way he did while under the role of youth leader is ridiculous and I just pray he gets what he deserves. Sure I am a Christian and believe we should not judge as that is not our job, but Gods job. However, hurting the lives of innocent children is unforgettable and I just pray you are accepting your wrong doings and owning up to what you have done. My heart breaks for all the children that had to go through this and as well for Mr. Harmon's family as I doubt they had any clue what was going on. Praying for peace.

Anonymous said...

He was also a soccer coach at Washington High School

Anonymous said...

He was also a soccer coach at Washington High School

Anonymous said...

First let me say some facts from what I know about him. He was in the army, he is a soccer coach and a youth director. His side job was in the gay industry for some money and I guess he continued doing that with boys at the church. It's been going on for almost a year at the church and finally they caught him. I feel bad for his 3 kids and his wife...

Anonymous said...

If you knew this man was in the gay industry, why would you not feel compelled to share that information with someone at this church? And if you were aware of his perversions ongoing for almost a year, why would Bayside be clueless concerning this situation. Finally, I would ask the leaders of Bayside how did this man had so much “alone time” with his victims? This is where Bayside is accountable and responsible. The victims should have never been alone with this man.

Anonymous said...

I dont even live in the area and I didnt even know it was that serious you mean share is information if your child was gay do you want me telling the whole world no right that's none of our business it's all personal stuff and I didnt even know he was a youth director. How about you go there and make a change right now since you're concerned writing paragraphs. Do SOMETHING

Anonymous said...

You must not be the commenter above. They stated they knew he was a youth director.

Anonymous said...

Look, the Church and Church leadership is liable in all this no matter how much you don’t want them to be. Especially if any of the incidents happened during church functions. That would make them 100% liable.

What I find crazy is that the youth groups Facebook page is still up. That’s kind of a slap in the face don’t you think. Like, Who are you trying to save here?

Anonymous said...

Look, the Church Leaders at Baysideare liable in all this no matter how much you don’t want them to be. If any of the incidents happened while on church functions then they are 100% liable.

What I find crazy is that the youth groups Facebook page is still up. That’s kind of a slap in the face don’t you think. Like, Who are you trying to save here?

Anonymous said...

Who said anything about this stuff happening during church functions? And what does the Facebook page have to do with any of This? Your are just causing trouble.

Anonymous said...

First of all, what you need to understand is that these are not the only charges brought against Rodney Harmon. There are also ones in Somerset County as well. If you go to Maryland Case Search you can see the dates on the Charges. Then you Reference that to the Facebook Posts and it becomes very clear that these incidents happened at a church function on church time between 7/16-7/20. And this is all very public information. So that would make the church leadership liable.

Anonymous said...

Why in the earth would they leave that page up?

Anonymous said...

Has anyone heard what the Bayside Church and Bob Boyce is saying about this?

Anonymous said...

As far as I know, there has been no response from the church or its leaders. I know 2 victims and their families and they are heartbroken for their children and saddened that the church and its leaders have not reached out to them in any way.

Anonymous said...

There was nothing shared at church yesterday so I don't know. Just pray for us we are all feeling the effects of this terrible sin.

Anonymous said...

I doubt very much the leadership are allowed to say anything really. This is an ongoing investigation right? Bob Boyce is a nice man he work at my daughters school. Somebody does have some answering to do. Our small town is in trouble again.

Anonymous said...

Has Harmon gone to trail yet for the 19 counts against him in Worcester County?

Anonymous said...

The whole thing is just sickening and I wish that churches would be more alert to who they place on their staff. Really our community deserves this. We have seen this in PA. We have seen so much of this it's just so wrong and evil. If this man was on staff at Bayside Community Church and then I hold the leadership of that church completely responsible. Yes, even nice man Bob Boyce. I think he should resign in the church there in Pokomoke and the school that he works at. How could he not know something about this man anyone who knows Rodney knows that he is this way towards men. I'm shocked though about his crime against kids. IF HE IS FOUND QUILTY BYE! Nice knowing ya.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree

Anonymous said...

This is a tragedy! But I must agree with the above comment. There must be accountability. God requires it.

Anonymous said...

Why should Bob Boyce resign? That's stupid.

For the record, a man can be gay... that doesn't make him a child molester!
To imply that Bob should have known that Harmon is a child molester, based on Harmon's sexually, is ridiculous.
Besides, Harmon was doing many volunteer activities in the community... not to mention he was married and recently had a child a few years ago... I'm plenty in the community, my son did soccer with Harmon. Thank God my son wasn't messed with, but I had no clue he had a tendency toward children...
Harmon had us all fooled! Isnt that where the problem really lies? Punish the evil... not the innocent!

Anonymous said...

Mr Boyce is responsible and this an excuse.

Anonymous said...

You can sure tell on this thread who is trying to protect this evil evil evil man (God be with him) and his unaccountable church and it's leadership. The Pastor knew something or he's not much of a leader. My Pastor knows everything going on in our church and has servants to serve with her in the area of accountability. Bayside owes the family the truth. What did they know? Who will hold that church accountable? God does I know that! Pocomoke City needs answers. Well, time will tell the truth. Merry Christmas everyone.

Anonymous said...

The cover-ups are reminiscent of the scandals of the Roman Catholic Church, but distinctly different.

Anonymous said...

Decisions in the Catholic Church are made within a hierarchical structure that governs all churches. Independent churches operate with no oversight or structure outside their own walls.

Anonymous said...

Many abusers have escaped consequence-free, often with the help of the pastor in charge.

Anonymous said...

I was going to Bayside but not no more. Bob Boyce is a nice man but this cover up has made me sick. I’ll spend my Christmas Eve somewhere else this year.

Anonymous said...

Trial should be soon.

Anonymous said...

The trials will be coming up soon.

Anonymous said...

Harmon took a plea bargain which gave him 41 years for the charges in Worcester and Somerset counties. Next, he faces charges from the state of Pennsylvania. Thankfully, Harmon will spend the rest of his life paying for preying on children. After reading all of the above comments, I still don’t understand how church leaders at Bayside did not know of Harmon’s perversion. I believe there must be accountability for not knowing or not wanting to know.