Released rapist pleads guilty to another rape 3 other charges dropped in bargain

July 22, 1992|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Staff Writer

A 36-year-old convicted sex offender known as the "Randallstown Rapist" pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a 71-year-old Randallstown woman 14 months after he was released from prison for good behavior.

Ronald T. Jefferson, 36, of the 9900 block of Hoyt Circle was linked in court to a series of rapes and attempted sexual assaults in the Randallstown area last year.

In exchange for Jefferson's guilty plea in Baltimore County Circuit Court, Assistant State's Attorney Robin Coffin agreed to drop two additional rape charges and one attempted rape charge.

"I felt that if we could get a plea where he would go to jail for a long time, I could spare these women a trial," said Ms. Coffin, adding that she will seek a life sentence.

The victim in the Sept. 26 incident, Ms. Coffin said, "gave the most detail, and for that reason I felt that her case was the strongest."

As part of the plea agreement, Ms. Coffin also will be allowed to introduce information from the other incidents at sentencing.

Ms. Coffin read a statement to Judge John Grason Turnbull II, written by the 71-year-old victim outlining the events of Sept. 26, when Jefferson followed her home from the Pikesville Giant supermarket. The statement contained the following account:

The woman left her home shortly after 10 p.m. to shop at the VTC Giant after bathing and sending her 2-year-old granddaughter to bed. The child was visiting the woman and her husband.

She noticed a car following her as she returned to her house. After watching the car park near a neighbor's driveway, she became suspicious when no one got out of the vehicle, the statement said.

Leaving her groceries in the car, she ran to her house and locked the front door behind her. The woman also locked the back door but didn't go to the cellar to lock that door because she was afraid of being attacked in the dark.

According to the statement, the victim then heard someone enter the house through the basement door. Jefferson, armed with an 8-inch knife, came into the living room, grabbed her and told her not to scream.

Though the victim started to cry out, the statement said, she stopped because she feared for her husband and granddaughter, who were asleep in bedrooms on the first floor.

The statement said that Jefferson sodomized the victim in the bedroom before noticing the woman's grandchild asleep. He then took the victim to the living room, where he sodomized her again and raped her.

Jefferson was talkative while he raped the woman, Ms. Coffin said, telling her, "This will keep you young," and "This is good for you."

After threatening to kill the woman if she told police, he left, reminding her that he had not killed her or her family and saying, "I'm not so bad after all," the statement said.

At the time of the attack, Jefferson was on parole for a 1987 rape and robbery conviction for which he served almost three years of a 10-year sentence. He is also on probation for the six remaining years of that sentence.

The other cases in which Jefferson was charged include a Sept. 4 incident, in which a man forced his way into the home of a 25-year-old woman east of Randallstown after she returned from a grocery store. After threatening to rape her, he left when the woman grabbed the telephone to call for help.

On Sept. 12, a 75-year-old woman was attacked in her home west of Randallstown. The assailant slipped into the woman's kitchen as she carried in groceries from her car.

On Sept. 24, a 61-year-old woman was raped by a man who entered her apartment after asking to use the telephone. Fingerprints left on a glass during the Sept. 12 incident resulted in Jefferson's arrest on Sept. 29.

Yesterday, Judge Turnbull scheduled sentencing for Oct. 13. Jefferson is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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