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The following is a brief description of the multi-disciplinary team members that will be investigating your case:

Lt. Paul Marziale
Program Director
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Lt. Marziale joined the Harford County Sheriff's Office in October 2004. He started in uniformed patrol and worked various shifts out of the Southern and Northern Precincts. He became interested in criminal investigations and worked as a precinct level detective working burglaries and other property crimes. He transitioned to working violent crimes within the Major Crimes Section with a focus on homicide and serious assaults. Lt. Marziale was promoted to corporal and worked as a first line supervisor in patrol operations. He was again promoted to sergeant and continued efforts in a uniformed capacity until being transferred to the Warrant Apprehension Unit, where he spent almost three years. Lt. Marziale was promoted to his current rank in 2020 and briefly worked as a shift commander out of the Southern Precinct. He was assigned to the Family Justice Center in January 2021. Lt. Marziale is a certified instructor through the Maryland Police Training Commission and teaches various courses to entry level academy classes and certified police officers during in-service and other trainings. On a personal level, Lt. Marziale is a dad to two teenaged daughters that keep him on his toes. He coaches soccer and basketball and does other volunteer work in their schools. He enjoys riding motorcycles and doing other outdoor activities with his kids.

Sgt. Javier Moro
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Moro completed a tour in the United States Marine Corps and entered a law enforcement profession with the Baltimore City Police Department in 1998. In October of 2001, he lateraled to the Harford County Sheriff's Office, assigned to the Northern and Southern Precinct Patrol Division. He was assigned to the Special Operations Division and served as a member of the Community Action Response Team (CART). He promoted to the rank of Corporal and supervised the Southern Precinct Patrol Operations. He then was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit at the Family Justice Center. He then promoted to the rank of Sergeant and returned to the Northern Precinct Patrol Division. He would return to the Family Justice Center as a Sergeant, assigned to the Child Advocacy Unit in 2020. Sergeant Moro's auxiliary duties included the Team Leader for the Special Response Team (SRT), Taser Instructor, and a Firearms Instructor for the Agency. He is currently a certified instructor through the Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission and served as a primary instructor for various specialized training in tactics. Sergeant Moro also teaches at the Training Academy and the in-service classes for the active members of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.


Corporal Robert Horner
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Corporal Robert Horner has been a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2012. He graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. During his time with the Sheriff's Office, Corporal Horner worked in uniformed patrol until 2015, when he transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division, first as a property crimes detective, and later as a major case detective. Corporal Horner promoted to the rank of Corporal in 2018 where he was assigned as a uniformed patrol supervisor prior to transferring to the Child Advocacy Center in 2019. In addition to his main duties, Corporal Horner is a certified MPCTC instructor, and has instructed both in-service and recruit classes at the Harford County Sheriff's Office Training Academy, as well as instructed at the Youth Academy.


Detective Carey Gerres
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Gerres graduated from Towson University in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. In March 0f 2003, Detective Gerres entered the Harford County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Academy. Upon completion of the academy and field training, Detective Gerres was assigned to the Southern Precinct, evening shift. Detective Gerres is a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team, and is currently a fitness instructor assigned to the training academy. Detective Gerres is also a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor, as well as a certified instructor for law enforcement personnel. Detective Gerres was transferred to the Child Advocacy Center in March of 2010. Prior to serving with the Sheriff's Office, Detective Gerres worked as a caseworker for the Choice Middle School's Program, a non-profit organization that worked with at-risk children in the community.


Detective Anthony Dix
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Dix has been a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2013 and was assigned to the Criminal Patrol Division during this time. Detective Dix is a certified Field Training Officer (FTO), Intoximeter (breath test) Operator, and member of the agency's Mobile Field Force. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, Detective Dix was a police officer with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MdTA) from 2003 till 2013. During Detective Dix's time with MdTA he worked uniform patrol and was assigned to the Special Operations Division as a narcotics K9 officer. Detective Dix has completed the ChildFirst® Maryland Forensic Interviewing Protocol training. Detective Dix was transferred to the Child Advocacy Center in 2018.


Detective Dave Skica
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Skica has been a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2008. He graduated from Towson University in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, and later from Johns Hopkins University with a Master's in Management (2007). He started his career in law enforcement with the Baltimore Police Department in 2002 and served until 2008. His duties were in the patrol division and in district/city-wide narcotics sections. Since joining the Sheriff's Office, he served in the patrol division until 2013. He was then assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division/Property Crimes Unit and later the Major Case Unit from 2016 through 2019, which is when he transferred to the Child Advocacy Center. Detective Skica has been a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) as well as being a Firearms Instructor and MPCTC-certified general instructor teaching in-service and academy classes.


Detective Kristen Scurto
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Detective Scurto graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry. She became a member of the Harford County Sheriff's Office in 2012. Detective Scurto worked uniform patrol on midnight shift out of the Southern Precinct until December of 2015. Detective Scurto then transferred over to the Family Justice Center where she was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. As a Detective there, she assisted victims of domestic violence in getting proper resources and seeing the case through until court date. Detective Scurto transferred over to the Child Advocacy Center in August of 2020. In addition to her main duties, Detective Scurto is a Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commissioner certified instructor.


Senior Trooper Adam LeCompte
Maryland State Police - Bel Air

Senior Trooper Adam F. LeCompte has been with the State Police since 2002. After graduation from the Academy, he was assigned to the Golden Ring Barracks in Baltimore County. Sr. Tpr. LeCompte was transferred to the Aviation Command and flew as a Flight Paramedic for the next 10 years. He then transferred to the North East Barracks in Cecil County and was assigned to road patrol with group 5. He was transferred to the CAC in April of 2014. Sr. Tpr. LeCompte is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Universtiy, receiving both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Management.


ASA Dair Pillai
Chief of the Family Justice Center
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Ms. Pillai has been with the Harford County State's Attorney's Office since 2006. She graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She then received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2004. She was a law clerk for the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office before starting her career as a prosecutor with the Allegany County State's Attorney's Office. She has been assigned to the HIDTA Drug Taskforce, the Major Felony Unit, and the Harford County Child Advocacy Center.


ASA Christopher Tabone
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Mr. Tabone graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 1992 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Social work. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law in 1995. He served as an Honor-Intern for the Administrative Judge of the Superior Court of Massachusetts as a member of the Law Review, and as an Intern for the Merrimack Valley Legal Services. He began is career with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., representing abused and neglected children. He also served as a Staff Attorney for S.A.R.C. representing victims of domestic violence before joining the State's Attorney's Office in 2000. During his time with the Office, he has served as Chairman of the Child Fatality Review Board, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Child Advocacy Center, Drug Courts, and the Harford County Task Force.


ASA Cyndi Adkins
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Ms. Adkins has been with the Harford County State's Attorney's Office since 2018. She graduated from Towson University in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in both Political Science and Law and American Civilization. She then received her Juris Doctorate from University of Baltimore School of Law in 2014. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Ruth A. Jakubowski before starting her career as a prosecutor with the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, where she worked until 2018 with general crime, as well as the specialized felony narcotics unit. She has been with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center since May of 2019.


ASA Toi Mason
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Ms. Mason has been with the Harford County State's Attorney's office since June 2019. She graduated from Temple University in 2006 with her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in English. She then graduated with Honors from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in May 2012. She is licensed in both Maryland and New York. Upon graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk in the District Court for Baltimore City for 18 months. She then went to work at the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office for four years. She spent the majority of her career in Baltimore City working in the Felony Violent Crimes Division. After leaving the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office, she practiced Worker's Compensation law with a private firm for one year before coming to Harford County.


ASA Gabriella Vazzana
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Ms. Vazzana graduated from Lehigh University in 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Chinese. She then received her Juris Doctorate from the American University's Washington College of Law in 2016. She was a legal fellow for the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office immediately following law school. She was later a law clerk for the Honorable James A. Bonifant of the Montgomery County Circuit Court before starting as a prosecutor with the Harford County State's Attorney's Office in 2018.


Chris Taylor
Family Advocate
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Mr. Taylor was hired by the Harford County State's Attorney's Office in November 1997 as a paralegal in the Juvenile Unit. Chris was later transferred to the District Court Unit of the office where he prepared DWI, assault and drug cases for court. In May of 2002 he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In May of 2002 he began work in the Domestic Violence Unit as a paralegal/victim advocate. He prepared misdemeanor physical child abuse cases as well as child neglect cases for court. In June of 2013 he was hired as the Family Advocate for the Child Advocacy Center. Chris is very knowledgeable about the dynamics of abuse in families. He also has an extensive working knowledge of investigations and the court system and is here for the family to provide information and emotional support.


Alethea Miller
Forensic Interviewer/Victim Advocate
Harford County State's Attorney's Office

Alethea graduated from Mary Washington College in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She was employed after graduation by Community Memorial Pavilion Psychiatric Hospital providing services for Intake and Utilization Review. Alethea then moved to Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services providing services for many departments to include Protective Services and Adult Services. Her move to Laurel, Maryland took her to Genesis HealthCare. At Genesis, Alethea worked with short and long term rehab and nursing home residents. She began working at the CAC in 2006 as a Forensic Interviewer/Victim Advocate.


Dione White, LCSW-C
CPS Supervisor
Harford County Department of Social Services

Dione is a 1996 graduate of Oxford College of Emory University and a 1998 graduate of the University of Central Florida. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in May, 2004. Dione has worked as a social worker for the State of Maryland since July, 2004. She began her work with Baltimore City Child Protective Services (CPS) until she transferred to Harford County CPS in August of 2005. Mrs. White was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in February of 2008.


Mary Ann Conway, LGSW
Harford County Department of Social Services

Mary Ann is a 2007 graduate of Stevenson University with a degree in Human Services. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in June of 2011. For her two year-long internships, Mary Ann worked at Harford County Department of Social Services in the Adoptions Unit and with the Child Advocacy Center. Mary Ann was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in June of 2011.


Catherine Kidd, LCSW-C
Harford County Department of Social Services

Catherine earned her Dual Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park in 2009. She interned for the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office Felony Family Violence Division from 2008-2009. She received her Master's of Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2013. Catherine been with Harford County Department of Social Services since 2009 and has worked and interned in several units, including: Family Investment Administration, Consolidated In-Home Services, and Child Protective Services. Catherine was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in July 2015.


Mollie Shrader, LCSW-C
Harford County Department of Social Services

Mollie is a 2012 graduate of Salisbury University with a degree in Social Work. She received her Master's in Social Worker from the University of Maryland School of Social Work in June of 2013. For her yearlong internship, Mollie worked at Baltimore County Department of Social Services in the Foster Care Infant and Toddlers Unit. Mollie has worked as a social worker for the State of Maryland since July 2013. She was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center in July of 2015.


Lauren Crowl, MSW
Harford County Department of Social Services

Lauren began her career with an Associate's Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling in 2013, and worked four years with adolescent youth who were experiencing substance abuse issues. Lauren graduated from University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2015 with her Bachelors in Social Work. She then received her Master's Degree in Social Work at University of Maryland, School of Social Work in 2017. Lauren has had yearlong internships working in Foster Care in Baltimore City, Consolidated Services in Baltimore County, and interned for one year at our own Child Advocacy Center in Harford County from 2016- 2017. Lauren has been formally employed with the State of Maryland since May of 2017 and began working out of the CAC at this time.


Carrie Thompson, LMSW
Harford County Department of Social Services

Carrie is a 2015 graduate from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work with a minor in Sociology at University of Maryland Baltimore County. She earned an associate's degree in Criminal Justice at Harford Community College. She completed two social work field placements, one in foster care at Baltimore County Department of Social Services and the second in Child Protective Services at Cecil County Department of Social Services. In 2015, she began her work as a Child Protective Services Social Worker at the Baltimore County Child Advocacy Center. In 2017, she transferred to Harford County Child Protective Services. She was assigned to the Harford County Child Advocacy Center in April 2019.


Casey Anderson, LMSW
Harford County Department of Social Services

Casey earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Towson University in 2012. She received her Master's of Social work from Salisbury University in 2019. Casey has been with Harford County Department of Social Services since 2014 and has worked at the Department in a variety of capacities, to include: Adult Protective Services as both an in home aide worker as well as an APS investigator and Child Protective Services Screening. While completing her master's program she interned with Foster care in the Independent Living unit and Consolidated In-Home Services. Casey was assigned to the Child Advocacy Center November 2019.


Meisha Stewart
Family Support Worker/Case associate
Harford County Department of Social Services

Meisha has been a part of the CAC since December 2017. Some of her job duties include going into the clients' homes to offer any assistance and support that may be necessary due to the family experiencing various issues. She also refers the clients and assists in helping them utilize community resources. She is furthering her education at Essex Community College and plans to become a community support nurse.


Kara Dager
Family and Child Advocate - Trauma Recognition Coordinator
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Kara graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Bible with a concentration in Counseling. She has been employed by the Harford County Sheriff's Office since 2005. Kara worked in the Southern and Northern Precincts during the summer of 2005. She returned the following summer and worked in the Personnel Office and upon graduation continued to work in the Personnel field. In 2009, Kara applied for a transfer to take on a new grant position to start a Program called Trauma Recognition and Coordination. She started work on the new program in October, 2009 and was transferred to the CAC in February, 2010 to continue as the Trauma Recognition Coordinator. She most recently took and completed the Victim Assistance online training through the Office of Victims of Crime.


Debbie Bradley
Family and Child Advocate - Victim Services
Harford County Sheriff's Office

Debbie graduated from Harford Community College with an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies and moved on to the University of Baltimore to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Victim Services. She began her career in Victim Services in 1998 at the Harford County State's Attorney's Office Domestic Violence Unit. In September of 2002 Debbie moved over to the Harford County Sheriff's Office Victim Services Unit. Debbie is state and nationally certified as a victim advocate, trauma intervention specialist, homicide intervention specialist, sexual assault intervention specialist and a crisis responder. She is a member of the Harford County CISM team, the Harford County Child Fatality Review Board, the National Organization of Victim Assistance, past chair-person of the Victim Service Professional Network, current staff member of the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland, and a past President of the Maryland Association of Victim Service Professionals. Debbie is also the Maryland State Coordinator for the Certification Program, of which she created for Victim Service Professionals through The Roper Victim Assistance Academy.


Jessica Placek MSW, LCSW-C
Therapist
Springboard Community Services (formerly Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland)

Jessica Placek, LCSW-C, has been working in the mental health field for over ten years. She received her Bachelors of Social Work from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia and Master's Degree in Social Work with a mental health concentration from University of Maryland School of Social Work in 2013. Jessica has worked in a variety of treatment settings including residential treatment facility, inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization empowerment program and outpatient mental health. Jessica specializes in treating children, adolescents and adults for anxiety, mood and trauma-related disorders. Jessica is a certified trauma therapist. She is trained in Instinctual Trauma Response (ITR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Trauma-Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT.) Jessica believes in empowering her clients to meet the goals they've set for themselves.