Man Sentenced In Crofton Rape

18-years Levied For Raping Roommate Ofwoman He Followed Home

August 04, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A Severna Park man was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison for a burglary and rape that occurred amid a series of violent crimes that stunned the community of Crofton last September.

Stanley Glenwood Prout, 29, also was sentenced to another 4 1/2 years in prison for forgery, breaking and entering and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as part of a three-day crime spree that culminated in the rape.

Prout pleaded guilty in March to first-degree rape. Prosecutors have said he followed a female bartender home from her job, broke intoher Crofton Mews town house and raped her 39-year-old roommate Sept.16, 1990.

Under the plea agreement Prout had faced a maximum of 25 years in prison on the rape conviction. After hearing defense attorney Michael Grossfeld describe Prout's psychological problems, including a lifelong "history of exaggeration and story-telling," Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. agreed to recommend that Prout serve his time at the Patuxent Institution, a prison that offers psychiatric counseling.

Grossfeld said, "This is not a monster. This is not an animal, though what he did, what he pleaded guilty to, was tantamount to a monstrosity."

Prout tied up his victim, threatened her with a screwdriver and raped her, Assistant State's Attorney Ronald M. Naditch said.Naditch dismissed Prout's apology in court Friday as "words that sounded like they were canned" and complained that Prout continues to deny any memory of the incident.

Prout has said he remembers meetingthe barmaid at the Shangri-La bar in Severna Park, following her home and knocking on her door, but he has said he doesn't remember returning later to rape the barmaid's roommate.

DNA testing showed a match between Prout's blood and semen and that recovered from the victim.

The attack occurred at about 4:10 a.m., just hours before another Crofton woman was the victim of an unrelated rape, police have said. That day, another Crofton woman was reported missing.

The body of Gwyn Dixon Criswell was found later that day, and a suspect was charged with her murder. The crimes shocked the community of 16,000. Residents reacted by starting neighborhood security patrols.

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