Police: Investigation of Alleged Assault at McDonogh Upper School Complete, No Charges Filed

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The Allan Building on the McDonogh School campus. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

After nearly two weeks, police in Baltimore County have closed an investigation into assault allegations stemming from an incident that happened on the McDonogh School’s Upper Campus.

“We have completed our investigation,” Corp. Shawn Vinson, a department spokesman, told Baltimore Fishbowl Thursday morning. “We have not been able to substantiate any of the allegations, and based on that, it’s an inactive investigation.”

No charges were filed in the case, said Vinson, who previously described the allegations as  “assault between students at McDonogh.”

Baltimore Fishbowl has reached out to the school for comment on the change in the status of the investigation.

The Owings Mills boarding school’s outgoing headmaster, Charlie Britton, wrote in a letter to parents and alumni on Jan. 26 that he had learned of a “very troubling situation involving several Upper School students that is profoundly disappointing and unacceptable.” He said in a follow-up letter three days later that it involved “a handful of Upper School boys in the boys’ dormitory.”

The school launched an internal investigation and took “appropriate disciplinary actions,” Britton wrote.

The headmaster acknowledged “speculation in the school community,” but said he could not divulge details, citing the police investigation. He did remind parents that students could speak with school guidance counselors if they felt affected by the case, to help them with “processing the information and rumors [they] are hearing.”

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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