Trooper testifies prostitute said Botschen attacked her in July Suspect to be tried in 5th alleged assault

December 31, 1992|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A state police detective detailed in a court hearing yesterday how a prostitute came forward to report that a former Savage volunteer paramedic attacked her last July.

The woman called police from the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, where she was being held on a soliciting charge, after seeing news reports about the arrest of James Scott Botschen in September, the detective said.

The incident involving the woman occurred at least a month before Mr. Botschen allegedly attacked four other prostitutes, but the woman never notified police, the detective said.

"She felt that since she was a prostitute, no one would believe her anyway," said the detective, Trooper Gary Klos of the Glen Burnie state police barracks.

Trooper Klos testified at a hearing in Anne Arundel District Court to determine whether the prosecution had enough evidence to hold Mr. Botschen on charges in the alleged attack.

District Judge Donald Lowman ruled that there is enough evidence to prosecute Mr. Botschen on the charges -- robbery, assault with intent to rape, use of a weapon during a felony, and two counts of battery.

The ruling moves the case to Anne Arundel Circuit Court, where Mr. Botschen, 31, already is awaiting trial Feb. 4 on charges that he attacked three prostitutes and raped a fourth on consecutive nights last September.

Mr. Botschen was fired from his volunteer job as a paramedic and firefighter at the Savage Volunteer Fire Company following his Sept. 4 arrest.

At yesterday's hearing, Trooper Klos said he interviewed the 36-year-old prostitute at the detention center on Oct. 2. She told the detective that Mr. Botschen attacked her in his car as it was parked along Levine Road near Baltimore in late July.

The woman went to the state police barracks on Oct. 7, after her release from the detention center, and identified Mr. Botschen as her attacker from a line-up of six pictures presented by police, Trooper Klos said.

The woman told police that Mr. Botschen picked her up while she walked along Governor Ritchie High way near Baltimore about 5 a.m., the detective said.

Mr. Botschen allegedly paid the woman $40 to have intercourse and perform another sex act, Trooper Klos said. The woman alleged Mr. Botschen put a gun to her head and demanded money, then punched her twice in the face.

The woman said she turned over the $40 the man had paid her, and another $70, Trooper Klos said.

After a car passed, Mr. Botschen allegedly became frightened ++ and ordered the woman from his car, saying: "Don't look back or I'll shoot your face," the trooper said.

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