The Harford County Detention Center. Photo via Harford County Sheriffs Office.

A 20-year-old correctional deputy recruit in Harford County has been let go after being charged Wednesday with sexual abuse of a minor and two other offenses.

The recruit, 20-year-old Nicholas Carini of Bel Air, was arrested without incident after an investigation by the Harford County Child Advocacy Center. A court commissioner released him on his own recognizance after Carini was processed at the county detention center in Bel Air.

Carini faces charges of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense. The Harford County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that any additional details will be released by the county State’s Attorney’s Office. A spokesman for the latter agency told Baltimore Fishbowl he would check whether additional information about the nature of Carini’s charges is available.

The correctional deputy recruit was terminated due to his arrest. He was a member of Entry Level Corrections Class 28 in the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Training Academy.

“The Harford County Sheriff’s Office holds its employees to the highest standards and will thoroughly investigate all allegations of misconduct, remaining vigilant to ensure our efforts are professional and meet the high standards the public has come to expect from our deputies,” the department said in a statement. “The acts alleged are not reflective of the hard work and dedication of the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.”

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Ethan McLeod

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...