Man given probation in plea bargain on rape

April 01, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A 36-year-old Taneytown man, who had sex with a neighbor while she was passed out at his house last fall, was convicted of second-degree rape yesterday and placed on three years of probation.

Michael Steven Campbell entered an Alford plea in exchange for the probation and suspended eight-year sentence imposed by Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. In an Alford plea, defendants maintain their innocence, but admit that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them.

As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors dropped three other charges related to the Nov. 19 attack and four charges stemming from an alleged rape on Aug. 24.

"With this plea, this man will be labeled a felony rapist forever, and that won't ever go away," said Assistant State's Attorney Eileen McInerney. "We're more than satisfied with the result, especially with the tendency in trials in this county to put the victim on trial."

John E. Harris Sr., Campbell's attorney, said the agreement was fair and the sentence "appropriate."

According to court records, the woman was drinking alcohol at Campbell's house Nov. 19 when "she passed out." She fell asleep on the sofa and awoke to find her her pants on the floor, court records say.

She told police she did not consent to have sex with Campbell, although Campbell claimed she made advances to him. The woman was treated at the Carroll County General Hospital the day after the rape.

Doctors found indications that the woman had had sex. They also determined her blood-alcohol level to be 0.286, nearly three times the legal standard for intoxication while driving.

The woman told police that on Aug. 24, she passed out while Campbell was having sex with her.

The charges arising from that incident were dropped as part of Campbell's plea agreement.

In a statement to police, Campbell admitted having sex with the woman "about four or five times" in his house.

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