Former firefighter indicted in another attack on a prostitute Frederick assault called vicious

February 24, 1993|By Frank Langfitt | Frank Langfitt,Staff Writer

A grand jury has indicted former Savage volunteer firefighter James Scott Botschen on charges of trying to kill a prostitute in the woods of Frederick County in 1991.

Mr. Botschen, 31, now stands accused of attacking a total of five prostitutes and raping two more during a 16-month period concluding last fall.

The Frederick state's attorney's office unsealed the indictment Friday, charging Mr. Botschen with attempted first-degree murder, assault with intent to maim, as well as first- and second-degree rape. The grand jury also indicted Mr. Botschen on charges of assault with intent to rape, assault and battery and a third-degree sex offense, said Cheryl Hershey, assistant state prosecutor.

Mr. Botschen remains in the Anne Arundel Detention Center without bond. Ms. Hershey said she doesn't expect the case to come to trial for at least three to four months.

The Frederick attack, which occurred in May 1991, stands out as the most vicious of which Mr. Botschen has been accused, according to authorities. State police say they linked him to the case, in part, through Polaroid pictures they found during a search of a mini-storage unit he had rented.

One of the photos shows the woman smiling, standing partially naked next to a black, Ford pickup truck. Another shows her lying naked on the ground.

"Her face has been pummeled and is quite discolored," a state police report said. A passer-by eventually found the woman in the woods. She required reconstructive surgery, according to the police report.

Mr. Botschen was charged in September with attacking three prostitutes and raping a fourth on consecutive nights in the same cul-de-sac in Anne Arundel County.

Each of the four women claimed that he had threatened her with a knife, according to a police report. He has since been charged in two more attacks on prostitutes in Anne Arundel. Four of the Anne Arundel cases have been set for trial on March 18.

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