Facing sex charges involving teen-age boy, woman, 25, accepts plea deal Sentencing set for Jan. 11

November 18, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Frederick County woman accepted a plea agreement yesterday on charges related to an alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy who had undergone treatment for molesting two boys.

Rhonda Sue Bailey, 25, of Thurmont entered an Alford plea in Howard Circuit Court to a second-degree sexual offense charge.

She was charged with performing a sex act with the teen-ager during a relationship that lasted for nearly a year.

By entering the Alford plea, Bailey does not admit that she is guilty but acknowledges that county prosecutors have enough evidence to convict her.

Assistant State's Attorney Tracy Gilmore said she will ask Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. to sentence Bailey to 26 weekends in jail when her sentencing hearing, set for Jan. 11, is held.

Ms. Gilmore said she also wants Bailey to complete five years of supervised probation, to seek counseling and to avoid contact with the victim.

The prosecutor said the plea agreement was approved by the teen-ager, his mother and police detectives who handled the investigation.

Assistant Public Defender Spencer Gordon is expected to ask Judge Sybert to give Bailey a more lenient sentence, possibly probation.

Bailey, who lived in western Howard County at the time of the alleged relationship, initially was charged with second-degree rape, two sexual offenses and two counts of perverted sexual practices. She could have been sentenced to as much as 80 years in prison if convicted of those charges.

The names of the juvenile and the boys he molested are being withheld to protect their identity.

Bailey and the teen-ager, who lived in the same neighborhood, had intercourse 15 times between April 1991 and March 1992, court records say.

At least one incident occurred while Bailey's husband was asleep in the master bedroom of the family's mobile home, the records say.

The incidents stopped when the teen-ager was sent to the Oakview Treatment Center in Ellicott City for sexually assaulting two boys, records say.

Bailey regularly visited the boy at Oakview until her visiting privileges were revoked when a staff member caught her kissing the boy, records say.

The teen-ager later was sent to the Fairbridge Residential Treatment Center in Rockville, where he told a therapist of his relationship with Bailey, records say. The therapist then asked why he was now reporting the relationship.

"[He] stated that what he had done to the two little boys was wrong and that he was taking responsibility for his actions," records say. "[He] stated that he thought the defendant should take responsibility for her actions."

In her initial interview with county police detectives in November 1992, Bailey denied having had intercourse with the teen-ager, according to court records.

She did tell investigators, however, that she told the boy they might be able to start a relationship once he turned 18 and if she wasn't married then, records say.

The investigators asked Bailey several times to describe her relationship with the boy, but she refused to answer, saying she feared losing her children, according to the records.

In addition, the woman asked investigators what she would get in exchange for telling the truth.

Bailey later took a polygraph test, which she failed, records say.

In addition, tests showed that Bailey's handwriting matched the writing on letters obtained from the boy.

"I want your sexy little body bad," Bailey wrote in one letter. "I will always be there for you. Because I love you with all my heart!"

In another letter, Bailey wrote, "I will love you for the rest of my life. Even after I die. There will still be a special place in my heart for you! Because you are very special! Always and forever."

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