Former Maryland official found guilty in prostitution case

ANNAPOLIS — Blaine Young has been found guilty on three counts of prostitution following a Feb. 18 police sting at a hotel near BWI Marshall Airport.

But Young, a former Frederick County commissioner, has avoided harsh punishment, the judge citing his career of public service.

“The judge made his decision and I appreciate the opportunity to have a second chance,” Young said following a trial in Anne Arundel County District Court.

Young was found guilty on charges of arranging a meeting for the purpose of prostitution, soliciting and offering to procure a prostitute. He was acquitted on a fourth charge of engaging in prostitution.

The father of two children — 15 and 12 years old — testified that he was seeking a massage for a bad back when he answered an adult ad on www.backpage.com for a “Smoking Hot Blonde, Fun Freaky and Fetish Friendly.”

But Judge Richard Duden asserted that, “a 12-year-old boy can look at that ad and know what it’s about.”

Young’s hook-up turned out to be a blonde Anne Arundel County undercover detective, who testified that he gave her $60 and asked for sex.

While Young staunchly denied asking for any sexual encounter, Judge Richard Duden concluded that Young, a member of a prominent Frederick County family went to the hotel near BWI airport “for a sexual quickie.”

But Judge Duden also found that Young’s actions stood in contrast to his service to Frederick County, including serving as a city alderman.

“You’ve done a lot of good things in your life,” Duden told the tearful defendant, “you acted in a manner inconsistent with that.”

The judge sentenced Young to probation before judgment. Under Maryland law the convictions on three counts can be removed from his record if he stays out of trouble. He was also fined $200.

“I’m just sorry and want to be a good citizen and get back to my community,” a sobbing Young told the judge.

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