A volunteer at a Timonium, Maryland church has been charged with sexually abusing a girl there, and Baltimore County police say he has held a string of other positions working with children. Terrence Shondry Smalls, 26, of Cockeysville is accused of abusing a 4-year-old girl during a Sunday morning Mass on Nov. 27 when he was volunteering at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity day care, police said Friday. Church of the Nativity is under the supervision of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
According to police, Terrence Smalls advertised baby-sitting services for children under age 6 on the website Sitter.com. He was recently working as a classroom assistant for special-education students at Pot Spring Elementary, and previously worked at that school’s before- and after-school programs, authorities said. Between July and October of this year, Smalls worked at the Little Gym in Hunt Valley, police said. In addition, between 2011 and 2015, he volunteered with Girl Scouts that met at Pot Spring and Epworth United Methodist Church. Smalls has no children of his own, according to law enforcement.
Cases like this are every parent’s worst nightmare. Children should be safe in day cares and at churches. We commend this child for having the courage to come forward to law enforcement and if there are any other children who may have been harmed, we encourage them to come forward.
If your child or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse at a daycare or pre-school or in a church, contact our law firm at (954) 543-7278 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at [email protected].