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Dockworker suing in CSX pier accident faces child sex abuse charges

The CSX Transportation dockworker who is suing a Panamanian shipping company for $5.2 million in connection with an accident at a Curtis Bay coal pier last August will be in court next week on charges he sexually abused a child.

David Rienas, 42, of Abingdon was indicted in December on three counts of sexual misconduct for an encounter last year, Harford County Circuit Court records show. He faces a felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and two misdemeanors. A pre-trial conference is set for next Wednesday, and a trial is scheduled for April 10.

Rienas filed a civil suit last Friday in U.S. District Court against Trio Happiness, S.A., alleging he suffered disabling injuries when the tanker Wawasan Ruby missed a turn in the Curtis Bay channel and slammed into the Bayside Coal Pier where he was working. Rienas, making repairs atop a coal loader, was the only worker injured in the accident, authorities said.

candy.thomson@baltsun.com

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