State’s Attorney Richard Fritz announces that on February 28, 2022, Darren Edward Cole was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections, suspended to 18 years active incarceration, for a sexual act involving the touching of a minor for sexual gratification.

Darren Edward Cole Credit: St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office PIO

On February 11, 2021, Cole, was arrested and charged with seven counts of Rape 2nd Degree, Sex Offense 3rd Degree, Child Porn Film, and Possession of Child Pornography by Cpl. Handy# 132.

State’s Attorney Richard Fritz would like to thank Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Proctor and the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department for a job well done. The sentence imposed was the maximum sentence recommended under the Maryland Judicial Guidelines.

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