Coach Charged With Rape Re-arrested

July 21, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A former roller skating coach charged with raping two teen-age girlswas being held without bond Friday after prosecutors said he threatened to kill a potential witness in his upcoming trial.

County police arrested the 37-year-old Jessup man Thursday night on a warrant issued earlier that day by Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams. Williams revoked the man's bond in response to prosecutors' claims that he had made intimidating telephone calls to a 13-year-old Howard County girl and tried to enter her home earlier in the week.

After the girl called 911 to report the harassment, the man threatened to kill her if she called police again, Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen E. Rogers said.

Rogers said the girl, a friend of oneof the alleged rape victims, is a potential witness in the man's trial, scheduled for Oct. 17.

The man was being held at the county Detention Center, awaiting a bail review hearing. Assistant Public Defender Sandy Kelly said the hearing likely will take place tomorrow.

The former coach had been free on $42,000 bond since July 2. He was indicted last month on charges of first-degree rape, child abuse and first-degree sex offenses in cases involving a 12-year-old girl who was a member of the roller skating team he coached and a 14-year-old girl who was a regular at the Laurel Skating Center in Howard County.

His 14-year-old son faces similar charges as a juvenile in connection with incidents involving the younger girl.

The former coach, whose name is being withheld by The Anne Arundel County Sun to protectthe juveniles in the case, has denied the charges.

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