Md. man charged in Ohio kidnapping

June 30, 1993|By Roger Twigg and Michael James | Roger Twigg and Michael James,Staff Writers

An article in Wednesday's editions of The Sun misidentified a 6-year-old Ohio girl who was allegedly kidnapped by Kyle Sherrill. The girl's name is Nicole Driver.

The Sun regrets the error.

A Maryland man on the run was charged last night with the recent kidnapping of a 6-year-old Ohio girl, and also is charged with violating the terms of his release from a 30-year prison sentence for kidnapping three Maryland children in 1969.

"He has a pattern of abductions of young children and a pattern of sexually abusing young children. He is extremely dangerous," said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., a corrections spokesman. "He has a demeanor that is very soft and easygoing, exactly the kind of personality that fits a child molester well."

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Kyle Winston Sherrill, 54, whose last known address was in the 900 block of DeSota Road in Morrell Park, was charged late last night with Friday's abduction of 6-year-old Nicole Rider in Columbus, Ohio, authorities said. The girl was lured toward a stranger's car with an offer of candy, police said.

Nicole was released near her home unharmed Sunday after her abductor bought her crayons, a coloring book and fast food. The man forced the child to sleep in his car with him for three nights, police said. The girl positively identified Sherrill from a photo lineup, Columbus police said.

A nationwide alert is posted for Sherrill and his car, which was seen leaving the area where Nicole was dropped off, police said. The car is a 1982 Toyota four-door sedan with Maryland tags AGX 532.

Sherrill was given a mandatory release from the Maryland prison system on July 3, 1991, after serving nearly 21 years of a 30-year prison sentence for kidnapping three young girls in 1969, officials said. They said at least two of the young girls were sexually assaulted.

The kidnappings occurred in Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties, corrections officials said.

State records show Sherrill also was convicted of kidnapping a young girl from a Montgomery County shopping center in 1969, but that conviction was overturned by the Court of Special Appeals in 1979.

Sherrill was charged with violating his mandatory release because he left the state and changed his address without the permission of his parole agent, Mr. Sipes said.

Doug Ogden, an FBI spokesman in Columbus, said there has been no word on Sherrill's whereabouts.

Sherrill was last heard from when he phoned his parole agent June 18 as required by the intensive provisions of his release, Mr. Sipes said.

The spokesman said that although Sherrill was given a mandatory release -- meaning the state could not hold him because of credit for good behavior and other factors -- he was still required to report to a parole agent during the remaining nine years of his sentence.

A month before the telephone call, he had visited his agent in person, Mr. Sipes said, adding, "he was extremely cooperative and offered no problems whatsoever."

In October 1992, parole officials downgraded Sherrill's supervision requirements because they had no problems with him, Mr. Sipes said.

In May 1970, Sherrill was charged by the FBI with kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from Chattanooga, Tenn. After his arrest, he claimed to have kidnapped 20 people and killed three teen-agers, one in Maryland, another in Tennessee and one in Texas. But Mr. Sipes said the disposition of the Tennessee case and the supposed killings is unknown because records are unavailable.

"Those alleged offenses are on paper somewhere, but they predate automated record keeping, so we can't find them," Mr. Sipes said.

Sherrill is described as a white male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 165 pounds. He has brown and gray hair, brown eyes and wears glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 265-8080.

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