Man, 39, arrested in Arundel on charges stemming from Howard sex abuse case Police seize Riggins in Glen Burnie

March 20, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Paul Stephen Riggins Jr. -- the 39-year-old Elkridge man who was arrested in Howard County last month and charged with having sex with a teen-age girl -- was arrested again yesterday in Anne Arundel County on charges stemming from the same case.

A spokesman for the Anne Arundel County police said Stephen Riggins, as he is known to family and friends, was arrested without incident yesterday morning at what police said was his home in the 400 block of Elwell Court in Glen Burnie.

Riggins, who had been living in Elkridge, was charged with child sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and common law battery and was being held at the Anne Arundel Detention Center without bail.

Known to be a suspect in the July 1 disappearance of his wife, Nancy Lee, Riggins originally was arrested Feb. 4 after his daughter's former baby sitter told Howard County police that she had sex with Riggins in Howard and Anne Arundel counties during a four-year affair.

Nancy Lee Riggins, 38, was last seen at a Columbia swimming pool the evening of July 1. Stephen Riggins told police that when he arrived home about 6 a.m. July 2 from his job, he found his 5-year-old daughter, Amanda, sleeping and his wife missing. He did not report his wife missing until the next morning.

In a deposition taken in late October as part of a child-custody dispute over his daughter with his wife's parents, Riggins acknowledged that he is a suspect in the possible homicide of his wife.

Anne Arundel police said the baby sitter, now 19, guided them to the sites of the alleged sexual encounters -- in parking lots and residential driveways.

She told police that the alleged sexual encounters started when she was 14 or 15 years old and happened as she was being driven home after baby-sitting jobs for the couple in Elkridge.

Riggins also was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with stealing clothing from trucks when he was a driver for Elkridge-based Viking Freight Systems Inc.; he later was released on an unsecured $1,000 bond.

Riggins is embroiled in a child-custody case with his wife's parents, Robert and Delia Cunningham, who were granted temporary custody of Riggins' daughter last summer.

Howard officials could not be reached for comment about how yesterday's arrest would affect the pending cases against Riggins.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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