Maryland State Police arrested and charged a Germantown man for the harassment of the recently crowned new Miss Maryland.
Police arrested Valencio Fernandes Pires, 51, of Germantown. Pires was arrested at his home on Dairymaid Drive without incident on Friday, August 19. He is charged with harassment, stalking, & electronic mail harassment.
Maryland State Police said the victim was Hannah Brewer, 19, of Carroll County. She currently holds the title of Miss Maryland. On August 19, Brewer filed a report with the Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack. She informed police she had been receiving frightening and unwanted contact from Pires.
Brewer was crowned Miss Maryland back on June 26, 2016. Police believe Pires initially contacted Brewer in person at a planned Miss Maryland event in Hagerstown on Monday, August 15. Pires can be seen in two photographs at the Hagerstown event, intently and intensely staring at Brewer. Police believe Pires had also used social media and emails to attempt communication with her multiple times, even after requests were made for him to stop.
State police investigators and the Brewer family consulted with the lead Special Victims’ Unit Attorney of the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office. A peace order and an ex parte of communication order were requested from and granted by the Carroll County Commissioner’s Office. An arrest warrant was also issued.
If convicted of the stalking charge, Pires could face up to 5 years in prison or a fine of $5,000. The harassment and electronic mail harassment charges can carry up to one year in prison if convicted.
Pries is currently being held without bond at the Carroll County Detention Center.
Photo courtesy Maryland State Police.