Westminster man held in sex assault

May 25, 1994|By Darren M. Allen | Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer

A 24-year-old Westminster man has been charged with luring an 11-year-old runaway from an afternoon basketball game and molesting him in a field near the city's downtown area last week, authorities said yesterday.

Victor Lyn Toulson Jr. of the first block of E. Main St. was in the Carroll County Detention Center last night after District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones ordered him held without bond.

Investigators from the Carroll County Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit arrested Mr. Toulson on Monday at a girlfriend's house. Mr. Toulson was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual offense, two counts of perverted practice, and one count each of third-degree sexual offense, fourth-degree sexual offense and battery.

According to charging documents filed in Carroll District Court shortly before midnight Monday, the 11-year-old boy had run away from his foster parents a day earlier. The boy was standing near the basketball courts behind the Westminster post office last Wednesday afternoon when a man approached him.

The man "began talking to [the boy] about him about trusting people and that he shouldn't be out there alone," Cpl. Wayne R. Moffatt, one of the arresting officers, wrote in the charging documents.

The man suggested that he and the boy "go to his place," the documents said. The pair walked south to Main Street, along some railroad tracks and toward George Street about six blocks from the basketball courts. The man directed the boy to walk along a path.

Corporal Moffatt said in the documents that the man forced the boy to perform a sex act and molested him, telling him, "I'm going to kill you, punk," if he didn't cooperate.

Afterward, the two walked to a convenience store and, as the man bought an orange soda, the boy ran into the store and told a clerk about the assault. The clerk called police.

"The kid was hysterical, but he gave us a good description" ohis assailant, Corporal Moffatt said yesterday.

Doctors at Carroll County General Hospital examined the boy, who was returned to his foster parents Wednesday night.

Corporal Moffatt said the boy told another investigator, "I'll promise you that I'll never run away again."

Investigators thought they had nabbed the boy's assailant Thursday, but, after an extensive interview, released the man they had questioned, Corporal Moffatt said.

"This took a while, because we didn't have a name to go on," the corporal said.

On Saturday, a man who said he saw someone running along the railroad tracks identified Mr. Toulson in a photo lineup.

Mr. Toulson was arrested without incident Monday.

In an hourlong interview with investigators, the suspect said "the sexual acts were consensual," Corporal Moffatt wrote in the court papers.

Mr. Toulson was released from state prison in August 1992 after serving nearly three years for possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

He also has several convictions on assault, burglary and failure-to-appear charges that date to 1987.

One of the counts of failure to appear stemmed from a February battery charged filed by Westminster police, who alleged that Mr. Toulson punched a woman during an argument. Mr. Toulson was served with those charges yesterday.

News of his arrest on the sex charges stunned Mr. Toulson's mother, Linda Coleman.

"He is not the type of person who would rape anybody," Ms. Coleman said in a telephone interview from her West Baltimore home. "He has an 8-year-old son, he has a sister and nieces. He baby-sits for them. We trust him."

Ms. Coleman said she learned of her son's arrest yesterday. "It's been a while since he's been in jail and he's been doing pretty well," she said.

"He's a well-liked person, he has good manners. He's a good-natured person who would help you if you needed it. I can't believe that he would do anything like that to that little boy."

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