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Head of Ravens security on paid leave after reportedly charged with sex offense

The head of security for the Baltimore Ravens was charged for an alleged fourth-degree sex offense.

Darren Sanders, the senior director of security for the Baltimore Ravens, was charged Tuesday with committing a sex offense according to court records and information obtained by the Baltimore Sun. According to the report, Sanders was charged for an alleged fourth-degree sex offense. He is currently on paid leave in accordance with the NFL's personal conduct policy, per ESPN.

Sanders, 48, is accused of groping an M&T Bank Stadium female employee during the Ravens' game against the Jaguars on Dec. 14, according to court documents. He reportedly "hit and/or grouped" the employee's buttock while walking down a stadium hallway. After arriving at the third floor lobby, he reportedly "pressed his body against her's and kissed her neck and attempted to force her to grab his penis."

He will not accompany the team to Pittsburgh when it takes on the Steelers in the Wild Card round Saturday night. The league's new personal conduct policy states that a player or league personnel "may be put on paid leave if formally charged with a violent crime or sexual assault."

Sanders played a predominant role in the team's investigation of the Ray Rice situation during the summer. He reportedly contacted the hotel and Atlantic City police department about the Rice incident. Sanders was reportedly given a description of what occurred on the elevator surveillance video between Rice and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer and relayed that information to Baltimore team executives.

According to the report, Sanders was not arrested, but was charged on Tuesday through a summons and has a Feb. 9 court date. Sanders, a former Baltimore homicide detective, has worked with the Ravens for more than 10 years, according to the Baltimore Sun.

A fourth-degree sex offense charge is a misdemeanor in Maryland and comes with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000, according to Maryland statutes.