Man pleads guilty to reduced charge in rape of ex-wife SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

February 11, 1993|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Staff Writer

A 30-year-old Union Bridge man accused of raping his former wife last October pleaded guilty yesterday to a second-degree rape charge in Carroll Circuit Court.

In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped first-degree rape and battery charges against the defendant and agreed to recommend a suspended 10-year jail term at sentencing April 14.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill said the victim approved of the plea deal.

The man was arrested after he entered the woman's house, pushed her against her bed, pinned her down, stuck his fingers down her throat and raped her Oct. 11.

A Carroll County grand jury indicted the man Nov. 5. He was held in the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail from Oct. 11 until yesterday, when he was released after his guilty plea.

Less than a month after the rape, prosecutors filed charges of assault, reckless endangerment and intent to injure another person with a deadly weapon against the woman.

The woman, 28, was arrested Nov. 3. She posted a $2,000 bond.

The charges against her, which stemmed from her actions after she was raped, were dropped in mid-November after State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman learned of them.

When a state trooper responded to a call to the woman's house, he found the former husband and took him aside for questioning.

The woman came toward them with a large knife raised above her head, court records say. The trooper drew his service revolver "to protect" himself from the rape victim, who "was running directly" at him, court records show.

The woman dropped the knife as her father grabbed her from behind.

The trooper did not file charges at the time, but instead consulted the state's attorney's office. An unnamed assistant state's attorney made the decision to press charges against the woman.

Some rape counselors were outraged by the charges against the woman, which were filed without the knowledge of Ms. Hill, who handles most sex crime prosecutions in Carroll.

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