A man from Elkton, Maryland, is being held on a $500,000 bound after he was arrested for allegations of sexual abuse. The defendant, age 46, is facing a dozen charges related to sex crimes, including rape, assault and sex abuse of a minor. He is accused of sexually assaulting three young girls over a period of more than a decade.
Official reports show that an investigation into the matter began on Sept. 8, when an adult woman told police officers that the man had been sexually abusing her for at least a year. However, the man had apparently become more aggressive since late August. Two other women were eventually called in to bring reports against the man; they claimed that he also assaulted them while they were still minors. One woman said the sex acts only stopped in May, while she was still a juvenile. The final victim said that the man had molested her on several occasions during a seven-year span.
The victims report that they attempted to evade the man’s advances. In some cases, they dissuaded him through verbal warnings. However, these victims allege that the man had become increasingly more physical, leading to more serious sexual assault charges.
It is not clear whether this defendant has a criminal history related to sex crimes. If so, it would make sense that the man is being held on a larger bail amount. Criminal defendants should be made aware that their past sex crimes could have a significant bearing on any future allegations or violations. These past violations could affect bail amounts, sentencing protocols and a variety of other aspects of a defendant’s current criminal case.
Source: Cecil Whig, “Elkton-area man held on $500K bond after sex offense charges” Carl Hamilton, Sep. 11, 2014