Rapist resumes 30-year sentence Addict had won suspended term, but violated probation.

June 21, 1991|By Raymond L. Sanchez | Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff

In April, Willie J. McCoy went free after plea-bargaining his way to a suspended 30-year sentence for raping a 9-year-old girl. McCoy violated his probation the very next day.

On Wednesday, Baltimore Circuit Judge Kenneth Lavon Johnson reimposed the sentence -- all 30 years of it -- saying: "You are a grave threat to all 9-year-olds."

McCoy was rearrested May 16 after his picture appeared in The Evening Sun as part of a series on the relationship between clogged court dockets and plea bargains.

McCoy, 41, unemployed and a heroin addict with a rap sheet that includes assault, drug and fraud charges, was living with the victim's mother, also a drug addict.

While the girl's mother gave birth to McCoy's son in a local hospital in March 1990, the defendant climbed into the girl's bed and raped her, prosecutors said.

The victim's family learned of the rape one week later, when a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital found that the girl had contracted gonorrhea.

Although the victim had identified McCoy as the rapist, the delay in reporting the assault ruled out the gathering of physical evidence such as hair and semen.

At arraignment on April 10, McCoy agreed to plead guilty to second-degree rape and child abuse in exchange for the suspended sentence plus five years' probation.

But McCoy vanished the next day after giving a probation agent a false address. He also failed to enter a drug treatment program -- another condition of his probation.

The next time the agent saw McCoy, she testified, was when his picture appeared in the newspaper.

"He was given a huge break," prosecutor Page Croyder told the judge.

McCoy testified that he became "homeless" after leaving jail. McCoy said he had "all the intentions in the world to report" to his probation agent, but he resumed his $150-a-day heroin habit.

"I started using again," he said. "I'm a drug addict. I got a history of using drugs since I was 15 years old."

L The drug use constituted another violation of his probation.

McCoy, who said he is the father of nine children, asked for one more break. "They probably wouldn't even know me when I get out," he said of his children.

But Johnson said McCoy had his chance. "It was a horrible thing for you to have done," the judge said. "You had an opportunity."

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