Suspect in sex-abuse cases is freed on $75,000 bail

Manchester man charged in incidents with relatives

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.

On both occasions, she told Arty, she yelled, "Stop it!"

During the first incident, she said, the man told her, " `I'm sorry.' " In the second incident, she said, he walked away without saying anything to her.

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.

Later that day, Arty reported interviewing the man and said he admitted sexually abusing the woman and the girl.

The man was arrested by state police Sunday and held at the Carroll County Detention Center until he posted bail yesterday.

The charges relating to the girl include child abuse and four counts of third-degree sexual offense, court records show.

The charges relating to the woman include incest, child abuse, second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense, third-degree sexual offense, fourth-degree sexual offense, sodomy and three counts of perverted sexual practice, court records show.

As a condition of bail, the man was ordered not to have any contact with the girl or the woman, court records show.

Pub Date: 6/08/99

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