Court upholds use of remarks in trial

June 30, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

A Columbia woman accused of having sex with three teen-age boys told a police detective after her arrest in March that the youths initiated the incidents, according to testimony at a Howard Circuit Court hearing yesterday.

Karen Marie Hector, 34, said that the boys would perform intercourse and sex acts with her after watching pornographic videotapes at her Oakland Mills home, the officer said.

"She told me the teen-agers initiated the contact," Cpl. Stanley Proudlock testified. "[She said] they continued to ask for it."

Corporal Proudlock testified at a hearing to determine whether the prosecution can use Ms. Hector's statements at her Aug. 29 trial. Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. denied a request by Ms. Hector's attorney to block the statements, saying the woman voluntarily made the comments.

Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Osterman argued that the statements should be withheld because Ms. Hector made the comments while upset about being arrested.

But Assistant State's Attorney Shirley Ripley told Judge Sybert that the only way the judge can suppress Ms. Hector's statements is by finding that police violated procedures to get the comments.

Ms. Osterman acknowledged that police used proper procedures to elicit statements, advising her of her constitutional rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during any interviews.

Ms. Hector is charged with four counts of child abuse, four counts of perverted sexual practices and three sexual offenses for the incidents with the boys -- ages 13, 15 and 16.

Corporal Proudlock testified that Ms. Hector said the incidents occurred in her home on Stevens Forest Road between February and September 1993. The boys, however, said the incidents happened as recently as December.

Ms. Hector also said that the boys brought X-rated movies to her apartment, he said. That also conflicts with statements from the youths, who said the woman showed them the movies.

Detective Bernadette Giroux testified that Ms. Hector wept and talked about the incidents while being driven to the police station after her arrest.

"She made comments that she didn't mean for this to happen, that she should have been more careful," Detective Giroux said.

Ms. Hector also asked whether having sex with minors is a felony or misdemeanor and whether she would have to face the parents of "those boys," the detective said.

Police began their investigation in February when the Oakland Mills Middle School principal reported that he had received complaints from a parent. Ms. Hector was arrested March 2.

Ms. Hector is free on $5,000 bond, pending a trial.

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