A Howard County volunteer firefighter has been charged with rape after a 22-year-old Olney woman was found covered with blood and walkingalong an Anne Arundel County highway Monday, authorities said.
James Scott Botshen, 29, a nine-year veteran in the Savage volunteer fire company, was arrested at the firehouse locker room an hour after the 5 p.m. attack. Howard County police officers apprehended Botshen as he stepped out of the
Botshen, whose address is listed as the fire station, was charged by Anne Arundel County police with second-degree rape anda fourth-degree sexual offense. He is being held on $125,000 bond atthe Anne Arundel County Detention Center.
Police said the victim,who suffered severe swelling of her face and eyes after being repeatedly beaten and kicked, was treated and released from North Arundel Hospital.
The woman reported that she was approached by Botshen, whom she had not previously met, at a 7-Eleven store on Route 198 in Maryland City and agreed "to go and drink some beer," said Anne Arundelpolice spokesman V. Richard Molloy.
Botshen then allegedly drove her in his black Ford pickup truck to a vacant building on Route 198 near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and began striking her, Molloy said. The woman reported that she was then raped.
After a struggle, the victim was able to free herself and made her way back to the highway, where two motorists stopped to help her, police said.
"Theystopped when they saw her walking along covered with blood," Molloy said. After the woman told them that she had been raped by a man driving a black pickup truck, "one of the motorists noticed that the truck was coming out from behind the building," he said.
The motorist followed the truck and got the license plate number. Police were notified and a lookout was broadcast for the truck, spotted a short time later at the Savage firehouse.
Botshen was at the fire station to attend a firefighters meeting, said Darl R. McBride, the director of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.
"We feelvery bad that one of our members is implicated in an alleged crime,"McBride said.
Botshen has been temporarily dismissed pending the outcome of the criminal charges.
"The sad part is that now the county fire and rescue service is being associated with a crime we couldhave done nothing to prevent," said McBride.
Doug Levy, presidentof the Savage Volunteer Fire Company, said Botshen has been a volunteer in Savage since 1982 and has maintained sleeping quarters at the station.
Botshen was formerly a volunteer lieutenant but was not re-elected to the post during in-house elections in May, Levy said.
"As you can imagine, everybody's very concerned about this," Levy said.
"Everybody's well known in the company. It's unfortunate that the arrest had to take place at the firehouse."
The arrest is the second within a year involving Howard County volunteer firefighters. Last September, an Elkridge volunteer was charged with five counts ofmalicious burning after several vehicles were doused with gasoline and set afire in an Elkridge industrial park.