Rape Charges Dropped Against Truck Driver

April 22, 1997|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Howard County police have dropped rape charges against a truck driver who was accused over the weekend of assaulting two teen-age girls in the cab of his tractor-trailer at the Truckers Inn in Jessup.

Sgt. Steven Keller, a police spokesman, said the trucker came to police headquarters in Ellicott City on Sunday when he learned police were looking for the driver of a white 18-wheeler. The driver was alleged to have raped the two girls -- ages 15 and 17 -- Friday night or Saturday morning. Keller said the driver was cleared of those charges after it was determined that the sexual intercourse was consensual. He said it was possible police would file charges against the man for having sex with an underage minor.

The girls had originally reported the incident to Baltimore County police as a rape, saying they were walking in the 4600 block of Hollis Ferry Road in Halethorpe about 9: 30 p.m. Friday when the trucker pulled over and agreed to drive them to Baltimore.

The report said that the trucker instead drove the girls to the Truckers Inn in the 7400 block of Assateague Drive, where, police said, they had sex. Keller said interviews with the trucker and the girls led to the determination that no rape occurred.

Pub Date: 4/22/97

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