Man faces 23 new sex charges

January 07, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Staff Writer

A Baltimore man has been charged with having sex with a 14-year-old Columbia girl in the same culvert where police later discovered the body of 15-year-old Tara Allison Gladden.

Curtis Aden Jamison, 28, who police say is a suspect in the Gladden girl's death, has been charged with 23 new counts of sex abuse for his alleged involvement with the dead girl's friend.

Mr. Jamison has been held at the Howard County Detention Center for three months on various charges relating to the 14-year-old and a Baltimore girl. A Howard District Court judge refused yesterday to reduce his $1.75 million bail.

According to police charging documents in the new counts, Mr. Jamison frequently had sex with the girl in a culvert under Little Patuxent Parkway where Tara's partially decomposed body was found Aug. 17.

No one has been charged in Tara's death. Howard police are continuing to investigate the death and the alleged sexual relationships Mr. Jamison had with the two Columbia girls and a 15-year-old Baltimore girl.

Mr. Jamison was jailed Sept. 24 on a variety of charges including second-degree rape, a second-degree sex offense, breaking and entering, assault and battery, false imprisonment and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"We're just trying to make sure he's being held accountable," said Detective Sgt. Lee Lachman of the Crimes Against Persons Unit. The latest charges were filed after Detective Lachman conducted several interviews with the Columbia girl, who was 12 at the time she allegedly began having sex with Mr. Jamison.

George Tindal, Mr. Jamison's lawyer, declined to comment on the new charges.

The girl's family "is just hanging in there," her father said by phone yesterday. He said he knew months ago that new charges were possible and hopes they improve the case against Mr. Jamison.

"It's just a matter of time," he said. "We'll see if the system works. We'll just wait and see."

In the latest charges, Mr. Jamison is accused of having a sexual relationship with the girl from May 1992 to July 1993, a period in which police say he also was involved with Tara.

According to court documents, Mr. Jamison had sex with the girl at several places around Columbia, including at Lake Kittamaqundi, her home, in his car along Vantage Point Road and at a nearby cul de sac. Mr. Jamison would sometimes bring beer or wine and once gave her a ring with three diamonds, police said.

Police say the girl introduced Tara to Mr. Jamison in a phone conversation in 1992.

Sex abuse charges brought against Mr. Jamison for his alleged relationship with Tara were dropped in November because prosecutors said they had no case without her testimony.

Tara was reported missing from her home in the 5600 block of Vantage Point Road on July 22. A week later, police issued warrants for Mr. Jamison's arrest for having sex with the two Columbia girls. He turned himself in Aug. 3.

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