A Baltimore man awaiting trial on charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Columbia girl -- later found slain -- was charged yesterday with additional rape counts against two other children, ages 12 and 13, Howard County police said.
Detectives said their investigation into the death of Tara Allison Gladden provided new information that linked the accused man to the alleged rapes of other children.
Curtis Aden Jamison, 28, was charged yesterday with the statutory rape of a 13-year-old Baltimore girl at an Elkridge motel. He was also charged with an additional count of second-degree rape in the attack on a 12-year-old friend of Tara's, who he had previously been charged with raping, police said.
Mr. Jamison has not been named as a suspect in Tara's slaying, but police Sgt. Gary Gardner said that "he certainly has been looked at as a potential suspect." The investigation into Tara's death is continuing, police said.
Her nude and partially decomposed body was found Aug. 17 in a culvert under Little Patuxent Parkway, just a few blocks from Columbia Mall. She had been missing since July 22.
The medical examiner's office has not been able to determine the cause of Tara's death. Last night, police had Mr. Jamison's blood samples drawn at Howard County General Hospital and took his hair samples at police headquarters in Ellicott City.
Shortly before noon yesterday, Mr. Jamison was picked up at his home on two arrest warrants filed this week.
The new charges include second-degree rape, a second-degree sex offense, breaking and entering, assault and battery, false imprisonment and the use of a handgun during the commission of a crime. Mr. Jamison was out on bond in connection with his alleged illegal sexual relations with Tara and a friend.
Police issued the warrants based on "interviews with associates of Tara after the discovery of her body," said Sgt. Louis D'Antuono.