Man accused in assault on student is free on bail

March 19, 1996

A 22-year-old Westminster man accused of assaulting a Western Maryland College student was freed yesterday after posting 10 percent of a bail lowered from $50,000 to $10,000, according to District Court records.

The victim, a resident student from Edgewater in Anne Arundel County, told Westminster police he was in his dormitory room at Rouzer Hall with the door unlocked about 10: 30 a.m. Friday when a man and woman barged in demanding money.

The student refused and tried to call campus security. He said the intruders ripped the telephone from the wall and that he was then pushed, punched, knocked down and threatened with a stick.

He said the intruders left after taking his tape recorder and an undisclosed number of tapes.

The student called school security, which notified city police.

Police said the student identified the couple from among photographs of former Western Maryland College students.

Arrested Friday without incident on charges of burglary, assault, felony theft, use of a deadly weapon and other related counts was Michael Joseph Rapaport, of the first block of Webster St.

Police are looking for a woman who may have gone to Florida, but no warrants have been issued, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Man given 15-year sentence in sexual abuse of stepson

A 37-year-old Westminster man accused of sexually abusing his minor stepson over a four-year period was sentenced to 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday.

The defendant is not being named to protect the privacy of the boy, who is now 15 years old.

According to the plea arrangement, Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. suspended five years of a 20-year sentence for one count of second-degree sexual offense and made a 15-year sentence for one count of child abuse concurrent to the sexual offense sentence.

Upon being released, the defendant will be placed on five years of supervised probation. He may not have any contact with the boy and must undergo any counseling deemed necessary by probation officials.

Court records showed the defendant was indicted in October on 83 related counts, all of which occurred between 1991 and 1995, Tracy A. Gilmore, an assistant state's attorney, said.

"The victim in this case proved to be an excellent historian, so we were able to pinpoint and file charges on 83 separate counts," the prosecutor said.

Police

Finksburg: A resident of the 2100 block of Ridgemont Drive told state police Friday that someone stole a license plate from his vehicle. The loss was estimated at $25.

Westminster: Employees at a combination gas and convenience store on East Main Street told city police at 1: 25 a.m. Friday that someone drove away without paying $7.64 for gas.

Westminster: A Finksburg woman told city police at 6: 50 a.m. Friday that someone had taken property from her vehicle while it was parked outside Western Maryland College. The loss was estimated at $127.

Westminster: Employees at a Cranberry Mall department store told city police at 4: 10 p.m. Thursday that someone had taken 10 shirts from the store. The loss was estimated at $445.

Westminster: After freeing himself, an East Main Street resident told city police at 11 a.m. Saturday that someone had entered his home, tied him up, assaulted him with a knife, and robbed him of an alcoholic beverage and 10 rings. The loss was estimated at $25.

Pub Date: 3/19/96

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