Report: 'Baltimore Birdman' blamed victim for child sexual abuse
5:32 PM, Sep 20, 2013
8:49 PM, Sep 20, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - A retired Baltimore County Fire Department captain accused of sexually abusing a minor blamed the victim for initiating most of the inappropriate contact between the two, according to charging documents.
Police said the victim filed a police report Aug. 22 documenting sexual abuse that had occurred between 2005 and 2008 at various locations throughout Baltimore County. The victim was 12 to 14 years old when the abuse took place from 2005 to 2008.
According to charging documents, the victim did not report the abuse until this year.
As part of its investigation, police had the victim record a phone conversation with the suspect. During the call, the victim asks Hudnet "Was it me? Did I initiate anything we did?" Hudnet replied, "Oh, yes I would probably say 90 percent of it."
When initially confronted about the allegations by police, Hudnet denied the allegations, telling investigators, "Personally I feel like [the victim] tried to seduce me. Now [the victim] is trying to destroy me."
Hudnet began with the fire department in 1972 and retired in 2008. To many, Hudnet is a well-known Ravens fan who often appears at local parades and festivals decked out as "the Baltimore Birdman" while bringing along his Ravens and Orioles themed classic cars.