The lawsuit alleged sexual abuse, which when reported, merely subjected the victims to further abuse and retaliation.
The perpetrator was the president of the Odenton volunteers and also a quartermaster in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
The story is a tragic one on all counts. The alleged abuser illed himself in 2005 and the sex-abuse victims suffer to the present.
The settlement was complicated by the laws that apply to county and municipal employees. It also resulted in Anne Arundel County's decision not to insure volunteer companies for any activities beyond fire and rescue operations.