Maryland jiu-jitsu instructor arrested for failing to register as sex offender, police say

- A jiu-jitsu instructor was arrested, police say, for violating mandatory sex offender registry requirements.

Officers say 44-year-old Scott Brian Naugle faces two counts related to his failure to register as a sex offender since he moved to the state of Maryland approximately 15 years ago.

In 2003, investigators say Naugle was convicted of sexual battery of a child in a different state. After his guilty plea and conviction in that case, he was ordered to register as a sex offender for life as part of his sentence.

Instead, police say, Naugle left the state, moved to Maryland, and never registered as a sex offender.

Howard County authorities say they received a tip that led them to discover Naugle's violation status. Officers arrested Naugle at the Leverage Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Fulton, a business that he owns and operates. Police say Naugle offered private lessons and classes at the academy for students of all ages, including children and teenagers.

Naugle has been released from the Howard County Detention Center on $25,000 bond and has been ordered to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18. He must register with the Maryland sex offender registry within three days of his release.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 410-313-STOP or email HCPDcrimetips@howardcountymd.gov.

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