Report: Ravens security head Darren Sanders charged with sex offense

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Ravens security guard charged with fourth-degree sex crime
Wednesday December 31st, 2014

Baltimore Ravens security head Darren Sanders has been charged with a fourth-degree sex offense, the Baltimore Sun's Justin Fenton reports.

The Sun, citing court records and a law enforcement source, reports Sanders was charged Tuesday in relation to allegations made on Dec. 14. There were no details available about the case or the nature of the allegations. 

In Maryland, a fourth-degree sex offense carries a maximum punishment of one year in prison, a $1,000 fine or both. Sanders was not arrested and will be in court on Feb. 9.

The Sun's Aaron Wilson reports that Sanders "has been placed on paid leave while the charges against him are pending."

Sanders, a former Baltimore homicide detective, has been with the Ravens for more than 10 years. He headed up the organization's investigation into former running back Ray Rice's domestic violence arrest. 

In September, ESPN reported that an Atlantic City police officer watched the tape of Rice striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in a casino elevator and described what he saw to Sanders. Sanders then relayed that information to the Ravens. 

- Dan Gartland

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