Carroll suspect in sex-abuse cases is freed on bail

June 08, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A 56-year-old Manchester man, who is accused of sexually abusing a relative this year and of raping and abusing another relative between 1972 and 1980, was freed yesterday on $75,000 bail, court records show.

The man is not being identified to protect the privacy of the relatives, now 12 and 36 years old.

According to charging documents, both alleged victims were interviewed May 3 by Ruth Ann Arty, an investigator for the Carroll County state's attorney's Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit.

The minor girl reported that the man fondled her on two successive weekends between February and April at his home, according to court records.

Also on May 3, Arty interviewed the 36-year-old woman, who said the man began sexually abusing her about 1972, when she was 10, and assaulted her sexually "about 150 times" during the next "seven or eight years."

According to court documents, the woman said the man raped her when she was 14, impregnating her. The woman said she bore the man's child in March 1977.

On May 5, Arty had the woman and the girl place monitored telephone calls to the man, according to the charging documents. At that time, he made statements to the woman and the girl that prompted Arty to seek charges against him.

The man was arrested Sunday.

Pub Date: 6/08/99

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