Woman charged with sex offenses

March 04, 1994|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,Sun Staff Writer

A 34-year-old Oakland Mills village woman has been accused of having sex with three Columbia youths.

Karen Marie Hector, 34, of the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road, is charged with six sex offenses and two counts of perverted practices involving three boys, ages 12, 15 and 16. She was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond after a bail review hearing early yesterday.

Ms. Hector's two children, 3 and 11, were placed in foster care by the Howard County Department of Social Services while she awaits trial.

If convicted of the charges, which involve sexual relations that allegedly occurred from April to December last year, Ms. Hector could be sentenced to more than 50 years in prison and fined $6,000.

"This is unusual, it really is," said Sgt. Sandy Regler, head of the county police department's child abuse section, said of the arrest of a woman on the sex charges.

Ms. Hector, who is unemployed, lives alone with her two children.

Officers who searched Ms. Hector's residence about 8 p.m. Wednesday confiscated pornographic movies and items of clothing, police said.

The police investigation began Feb. 22, when Carl Perkins, the principal of Oakland Mills Middle School, told police about complaints he had received from a "concerned parent," according to court records.

The two teen-age sons of the parent who called Mr. Perkins later told police that other neighborhood boys had engaged in sexual relations with the woman, the records say.

According to court documents, the woman enticed friends of her son's into sex when they came over to play video games.

The three victims listed in court documents told investigators that Ms. Hector would show them X-rated movies or walk around the house naked or scantily dressed, police said.

At other times, according to the records, the boys would return for sex when the woman was home alone.

Sergeant Regler said police are still investigating the case.

"We take this very seriously," said spokesman Sgt. Steven E. Keller. "This case is not dead and packed away."

Yesterday, neighbors said Ms. Hector kept to herself and stayed in her apartment most of the time.

"It really surprised me about this woman. It hurt me," said Gwen Gibson, who lives in an apartment below Ms. Hector.

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