WESTMINSTER — A Sykesville man who was released after 14 years in prison when his murder conviction was overturned has been charged with second-degree rape.
State police said Guy Gordon Marsh, 44, of the 1300 block ofBuckhorn Road, was charged with two counts of second-degree rape in connection with an assault last August on a 13-year-old girl who was baby-sitting his 8-week-old daughter.
According to a police statement, the girl said Marsh, a truck driver, came home while his wife was at work and showed her videotapes of his appearances on "The Sally Jesse Raphael Show" and "Geraldo," then showed her a pornographic videotape.
Marsh began kissing her, and they had sex on the living-room couch, according to a statement the girl gave police.
They had sex in the bedroom on a second occasion during the same week, the statement said.
Marsh was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery in 1973 and sentenced to life in prison. His conviction was overturned in 1987 after The Capital newspaper of Annapolis found evidence that the state's only witness to the murder was actually in jail when it occurred.
Marsh, accompanied byhis attorney, Frederic Heyman of Bel Air, turned himself in to state police in Westminster at 10 a.m. yesterday.
In addition to the rape charges, Marsh also is charged with two second-degree sex offenses, two third-degree sex offenses, two counts of misdemeanor assault and battery and one count of displaying obscene material.
He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $100,000 bond lateyesterday.
A bail review hearing in the case is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today in Carroll District Court.
ARREST IN RACIST VANDALISM
WESTMINSTER -- State police have charged a female juvenile with multiple charges of malicious destruction of property and making false statements to police in connection with racist vandalism in Aspen Run.
Police said the 15-year-old, whose name was withheld because of her age, was charged after a lengthy investigation.
Her case has been turned over to the Department of Juvenile Services, police said.
Police said they believe the attack was targeted at one of the residents of the 2600 block of Coon Club Road, rather than at the neighborhood.
Ku Klux Klan and Nazi graffiti was spray-painted on cars and drawn on fences, garages and the street with lipstick, glue and toothpaste. The incident surprised the development's residents, who described the neighborhood as "upscale, educated andintegrated."
The graffiti appeared in the neighborhood on the mornings of May 5 and 7.
Police said the suspect in the case has no known connection to any religious, racial or ethnic hate groups.
SOLVECRIME OF WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the group is targeting a break-in at a home in the Woodbinesection of the county.
Police said that between 3:30 p.m. on March 22 and 2:45 p.m. on March 24, someone broke into the home.
Police said the home has been a frequent target of crime over the past several months.
If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
4:36 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road responded a house struck by lightning on Lake Hills Court.
6:38 p.m., Winfield responded for a field fire on West Liberty Road.
8:44 a.m., Westminster responded to a wash detail nearEnglar Road and John Street.
4:23 p.m., Harney assisted FrederickCounty on a gas leak in a building on East Main Street in Emmitsburg.
3:31 a.m., Hampstead and Manchester responded to a fire alarm sounding on Hanover Pike.
10:49 a.m., Taneytown responded to a smoke investigation on Route 140.
12:35 p.m., Westminster responded to a smoke investigation on Willow Avenue.
2:10 p.m., Lineboro responded to a bonfire on Snyder Mill Road in York County.
8:15 p.m., Manchester responded to a trash fire on Chalk Road.