Youth Charged In Rape At Park Faces Possible Life Sentence

November 24, 1991|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff writer

A Capitol Heights youth accused of attacking a jogger at Centennial Park is now facing a first-degree rape charge and a possible life sentence.

Antonio Lee Perry, 15, had been charged as an adult with second-degree rape in the April 26 attack of a woman jogger at Centennial Park.

The new first-degree rape charge was based on information obtained from additional investigation, prosecutor Timothy G. Wolf said, refusing to comment specifically on the information.

Prosecutors planto drop the second-degree rape charge.

The first-degree rape charge prompted Wolf to request that Perry's $100,000 bond be revoked.

First-degree rape occurs when the attacker forces the victim to haveintercourse against her will as well as causing the victim to fear for her life.

Wolf had already filed a motion to reconsider Perry'sbond after Circuit Judge James B. Dudley reduced his bail last monthfrom $1 million to $100,000.

At a hearing last week, Dudley postponed his decision on Perry's bond status and ordered the state Division of Parole and Probation to do a background investigation of the youth.

"This defendant poses a very grave and serious danger to the community were he released," Wolf said at the hearing.

The April 26 attack occurred while Perry was assigned to the Thomas O'Farrell Youth Center in Henryton, where he had been sent for therapy in connection with a sex offense in Prince George's county.

He and other youths from the center were on a supervised outing at Centennial Park atthe time of the attack.

Perry also has been charged with raping a15-year-old girl in Prince George's County when he was 14, accordingto court records. He also had been charged with two other previous sexual assaults in that county when he was 12, court papers said. Perry's trial is scheduled for Jan. 9.

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