Father indicted on rape charge Man with AIDS accused of assault on 7-year-old daughter

September 15, 1998|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

The AIDS-infected father of a 7-year-old Annapolis girl was indicted yesterday on charges that he raped his daughter and may have tried to spread his fatal disease.

The man, 54, of Annapolis, was indicted on eight counts stemming from what Anne Arundel County prosecutors and police claim was an Aug. 15 sexual assault of the child.

The Sun does not print the names of suspected victims of sexual assault. It is not identifying the father to protect the daughter's identity.

The man was arrested Aug. 21 and is being held in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center in lieu of $300,000 bond.

According to the charging documents, the girl's mother told police that the father "has told her and other people that because he has AIDS, he is going to give it to anyone and everyone that he can."

Among the charges are first-degree assault, second-degree rape and child abuse, as well as recklessly endangering another person by engaging in conduct that created a risk of death and serious injury to the child. The most serious charge, assault, is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Although he was not accused of attempted murder, prosecutors have not ruled out adding that charge as the investigation develops. Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office, said that for prosecutors to prove attempted murder, they must be able to show that the father intended to infect the child with the deadly disease.

According to the charging documents, the mother of the child left the girl with the girl's father Aug. 15. When the mother got home about 9 p.m., the father left. The child told her mother that the child's father forced her to perform a sex act and raped her, the documents say.

The girl, who is described as learning disabled, was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

Pub Date: 9/15/98

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