Suspect in sex cases held on $1 million bond Man, 28, charged with rape, assault

September 29, 1993|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Staff Writer

A 28-year-old Baltimore man charged with sexual offenses against three girls was ordered held on $1 million bond yesterday.

Curtis Aden Jamison is charged with second-degree rape, a second-degree sex offense, breaking and entering, assault and battery, false imprisonment and the use of a hand gun during the commission of a crime.

"These are serious offenses, which involve young, vulnerable victims," said Assistant State's Attorney Shirley Ripley.

Howard County District Judge Lenore Gelfman refused to lower Mr. Jamison's bond on the charges that involve two Columbia girls and one from Baltimore.

"It raises a flag right away for public safety concerns," the judge said.

Mr. Jamison, who is being held in the Howard County Detention Center, was arrested Friday as a result of information obtained by police investigating the slaying of a 15-year-old Columbia girl, Tara Allison Gladden.

Police have not named Mr. Jamison, who allegedly had a yearlong relationship with Tara, as a suspect in the girl's death.

Her partially decomposed body was found Aug. 17 in a culvert under Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia after her parents reported her missing July 22.

Mr. Jamison had been free on $10,000 bail after being charged in late July with sex offenses allegedly involving Tara and a 12-year-old Columbia girl when Howard County police arrested him Friday at the Baltimore home he shares with his parents in the 3300 block of Oakfield Ave.

"We've been working around the clock on this," said Sgt. Pete D'Antuono, head of the department's Crimes Against Persons unit. "It's been a very intense investigation."

Police confiscated property -- including clothing and pornographic material -- from two of the family's cars and four houses Mr. Jamison has frequented in the past few months, police said.

Police also obtained hair and blood samples after his arrest.

"The bond is excessive," said George Tindal, Mr. Jamison's public defender.

Mr. Tindal argued that Mr. Jamison should be released on the original $10,000 bond to continue his job at a Jessup grocery warehouse to support his two children.

Mr. Jamison's first arrest on a charge of having sex with an underage girl occurred in May 1992, after what police say was a five-month relationship until March 1992 with a 13-year-old Baltimore girl.

But city prosecutors placed four counts of second-degree rape on the inactive docket in Baltimore District Court last year.

Arrest warrants that were sealed until after Mr. Jamison's arrest Friday charge him with additional offenses involving Tara and her 12-year-old neighbor, as well as with the Baltimore girl, whom he is charged with raping in an Elkridge motel in February 1992.

According to court documents, Mr. Jamison entered Tara's Columbia home in the 5600 block of Vantage Point Road through an unlocked, sliding-glass basement door in May, allegedly armed with a small silver-colored semiautomatic handgun.

Once inside, he is accused of pushing one of Tara's male friends to the floor and locking him in a closet while he allegedly slapped Tara.

Mr. Jamison also is charged with having sex with a 13-year-old Columbia girl, then 12, at her home in May or June.

Ms. Ripley also cited two 1991 Baltimore cases in which Mr. Jamison was charged with carrying a handgun and was given two years of probation for battery.

On Aug. 3, Mr. Jamison surrendered to police on warrants charging him with sex offenses involving Tara and the 12-year-old.

On July 16, detectives interviewed Tara about her alleged yearlong relationship with Mr. Jamison after the girl's mother called police.

Tara accused Mr. Jamison of striking her in the face when he saw her talking to another boy at her high school in April.

From Tara's interview, police say, they learned of an emotionally and physically abusive relationship that made Tara attempt suicide.

On July 26 and 29, police filed warrants against Mr. Jamison, charging him with having sexual relations with both underaged girls.

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