June 8, 2005
BALTIMORE CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MISUSE OF ELECTRONIC
Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today that
Scott Carol Huffines , 41, of the 700 block of Rockaway
Baltimore City, pleaded guilty to misusing electronic mail (e-mail).
Huffines entered a guilty plea before the Honorable Barbara Jung
in the District Court of Maryland, Baltimore County. Huffines
admitted using electronic mail with the intent to harass
In September 2004, the victim who is employed at Maryland Public
Television (MPT) began to receive volumes of unwanted electronic
mail at her work email address. In an effort to stem the flow,
MPT changed the victim’s email address and once again, she
began to receive numerous unwanted e-mails from dating services,
job lines, and other unwanted e-mails. The Office of the Attorney
General began an investigation and traced three of the electronic
messages to a Comcast account of Scott Huffines. Huffines was employed
at MPT as a web designer and was supervised by the victim. Without
the victim’s permission or knowledge, the defendant signed
up his supervisor’s MPT e-mail address onto list serves from
his home. When Huffines was interviewed in November 2004, he admitted
to signing up the victim’s e-mail address on more than one
day and directing the items to be sent to her new e-mail address.
He further stated that he knew it annoyed her.
Huffines subsequently resigned from MPT.
Admonishing the defendant for being "gutless" for not
discussing any issues he had with his supervisor directly, Judge
Jung sentenced Huffines to two years unsupervised probation before
judgment and ordered the defendant to perform 100 hours of community
service in educating children about appropriate use of the internet.
A $500.00 fine was suspended. Judge Jung commented that she was
pleased that the Attorney General’s office is handling these
types of cases as this will send a message to the community that
people will be prosecuted.
During sentencing, the victim addressed the court stating that
this has been a sad and difficult experience for her and that
she felt betrayed by the defendant.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Criminal Investigations
Division of the Office of the Attorney General in cooperation
with the Maryland State Police.