Doctor charged in rape Towson dorm case similar to 4 others

January 15, 1992|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun shB

A White Marsh doctor already accused of raping two women and attempting to rape two others last year was charged yesterday in the rape of a 21-year-old Towson State University junior attacked in her dormitory room in July 1990.

Towson State University police served an arrest warrant yesterday on Leonard Charles Harris, 37, at the Baltimore County Detention Center, where he has been held in lieu of $500,000 bail since his arrest in November. Bail was revoked yesterday with the new charges, campus police Chief Stephen J. Murphy said.

Similarities between the campus attack and the other allegations against Dr. Harris led to a 3 1/2 -week investigation by campus police and new charges of first-degree rape, use of a handgun, breaking and entering, and battery.

The student's door was closed but not locked as she came out of the shower just before noon on July 26, 1990, Mr. Murphy said. She was tied up and raped at gunpoint by a man with red fishnet over his face, he said.

Dr. Harris of the 2700 block of Arland Road, White Marsh, was arrested on Nov. 29, 1991, after a burglary at the apartment of a White Marsh woman.

The woman went to another woman's apartment for help, and the burglar tried to grab one of them. Then he ran to a car, dropping a handgun, a red mesh cloth and brown cotton gloves, and drove away. A witness copied a license plate number. Dr. Harris was arrested on Haspert Road after a chase, according to the police report.

Dr. Harris also is charged with the Feb. 7, 1991, rape of a 24-year-old woman in her apartment and the Nov. 10, 1991, rape of a 21-year-old who was at her home with the door closed but unlocked. The women, both of the Rossville area, said their attacker's head was covered with a red mesh cloth and he threatened them with a handgun.

In the 1991 cases, a Baltimore County grand jury handed up an indictment Jan. 6 charging Dr. Harris with 47 counts -- ranging from attempted murder, rape and kidnapping to breaking and entering, theft of a telephone cord and traffic violations.

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