BALTIMORE, Md. - A Baltimore City police officer who was required to resign from the police department within a week of pleading guilty to two counts of sexually abusing a minor wasn’t given the chance.
The police department announced Wednesday that Commissioner Anthony Batts immediately fired 49-year-old Frederick Allen instead.
“Frederick Allen's reprehensible acts only serve to bring discredit to the hard work of the women and men of the Baltimore Police Department. Due to his felony guilty plea for sexual abuse of a minor, Commissioner Batts rejected any resignation offer and immediately terminated Allen,” A statement from the police department read.
Allen met the victim when she started going to the Fort Worthington Police Athletic League (PAL) after-school program when she was 6 or 7 years old, according to the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office.
Allen formed a close relationship with the girl and her family and often attended family gatherings, drove her home and had her and her sister visit his home to babysit and help around the house.
In 2005, when the victim was 15 years old and working at the Fort Worthington PAL program, Allen started engaging in sexual acts with her, the state’s attorney’s office said. He was her on-site supervisor at the time.
“This investigation was conducted by members of the Baltimore Police Department's Special Investigation Section and successfully prosecuted by the State's Attorney's Office. The commitment shown by those involved speaks to the deep-rooted desire to hold every officer to a higher standard,” the statement from Baltimore Police continues.