A 76-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing a Baltimore boy, 11, was sentenced to the rest of his life in prison.
Jerome Floyd, 76, was given the maximum 45-year sentence on August convictions of sex abuse of a minor and a second-degree sex offense.
“As a mother, I’m mortified that this man would have the gall to prey upon the vulnerabilities of an innocent 11-year old child, which is why I am grateful that this sexual predator will no longer see the light of day,” State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said in a statement.
In April 2014, prosecutors say, Floyd saw the victim waiting for a bus to school at Mondawmin Mall. Floyd approached and showed him a video of a magic trick on a portable device. Floyd followed the victim onto the Maryland Transit Administration bus and sat next to him. Floyd was waiting at the boy’s bus stop upon his dismissal from school. Floyd then bought the boy snacks at a nearby store, then took him to Lexington Market for some food, then to an Inner Harbor candy shop. The victim testified that the two “watched birds,” then the child took the bus home after having been persuaded by Floyd the following day.
The next day, the boy left his Central Park Heights Home without telling his family. Floyd took him to his apartment in the 500 block of Preston Street, then bought him Chinese food and let the victim play video games and play with Floyd’s cell phone. Floyd sexually assaulted the boy while they were watching movies, before they fell asleep.
The following day, Floyd took the victim to Arundel Mills and gambled at the casino while a child played at an arcade. He retrieved the boy and went back to Mondawmin Mall, where the victim took a bus home home.
All along, the victim’s mother had been frantically searching for her son.
“The mother had formed a search party that consisted of friends, family and people in the neighborhood,” Assistant State’s Attorney Seth Giller said in a statement. “She was extremely worried about her child, and the only reason she didn’t call the police right away is because she was under the impression that she had to wait 24 hours before filing a missing person’s report. After checking a website, and learning that she did not have to wait a full day, she immediately called the Baltimore Police.”
The boy told his family about the man he only knew as “Mr. Hollywood,” and shared Floyd’s whereabouts with police. The boy identified Floyd in a photo array, and police found a bag of cell phones and the boy’s jacket in Floyd’s home.