Man Charged with Sex Abuse of a Minor

Charles County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg, in connection with fondling a 4-year-old girl who was at Rohls’ home with relatives recently. Rohls was arrested on November 22 at his home in the 9900 block of Morgantown Road. After speaking with Rohls, detectives learned he may have sexually assaulted other children over the years – the number is unknown –…

Missing Person Matthew Horace Mason Located

MISSING PERSON LOCATED: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has located Matthew Horace Mason, 79, of White Plains, who was reported missing on November 19. Mason was located on November 21 in Glen Burnie, MD, and will be reunited with family members and returned home soon.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a…

Silver Alert/CCSO Seeking Public’s Help Locating Missing Man

CCSO SEEKING PUBLIC’S HELP LOCATING MISSING MAN: The Charles County Sheriff’s Office has activated a silver alert and is seeking the public’s help in locating Matthew Horace Mason, 79, of White Plains. Mason was last seen on Sunday, November 19 at approximately 3:45 p.m. in the area of Desert Rose Court in White Plains. Mason is described as a black male, 5’7”, 170 pounds, with brown…

CCSO Conducting Death Investigation of Male Found Deceased on Leonardtown Road

On November 17 at 2:13 p.m., officers responded to the 13000 block of Zekiah Drive in Waldorf for the report of a deceased male lying in the grassy area between a school and Leonardtown Road. Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division, along with Forensics personnel, responded and observed no obvious signs of trauma to the body and no signs of foul play. The man was subsequently…

Teen Court Calendar Winter/Spring 2018

CCSO to Host Citizens Advisory Meeting

On Wednesday, November 15 at 7 p.m., the Charles County Sheriff’s Office will host a Citizens Advisory Meeting at the American Legion located at 6330 Crain Highway in La Plata. Representatives from each of the Sheriff’s Office districts will be on hand to meet with county residents and talk about crime trends and crime prevention. Light refreshments will be served. For more information,…

Incident Briefs

DATE: November 8, 2017        
Janelle Love
Media Relations Office
301-609-6538 or (240) 419-0646

The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit and search by county, city, zip code or street address.

THEFT FROM MOTOR VEHICLE: Sometime between t…

Charles County Sheriff’s Office Honors Retirees and Award Recipients

Annual Banquet Honors Completion of Service, Excellent Field Work, and Bravery  
Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry honored 15 retirees and 42 award recipients at a banquet at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center on Friday, October 27. Honorees were recognized for completion of service to the Agency, excellent field work, or acts of bravery. Retired Captain William Saunders served as t…

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Old Washington Road


On November 8 at 1:06 a.m., officers responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of Old Washington Road and Kaine Place in Waldorf. Investigation showed the driver of a passenger car was traveling south on Old Washington Road when he struck the side of a tractor-trailer that was backing into a business. A female passenger in the car, Gloria Holley Donawa, 69,…

Former High School Teacher Indicted on Sexual Abuse of Minor Charge

On November 6, Charles County Sheriff’s officers arrested LaToya Niccole Parker, 40, of Waldorf, after a Charles County Grand Jury indicted her on charges of sexual abuse of a minor, displaying sexual material to a minor, and solicitation of a minor. The incidents occurred between the fall of 2016 and March 2017 while Parker was a teacher at St. Charles High School and involved a student. T…

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