Man suspected in girls' rapes released on bond

18-year-old accused of having sex with 2 middle schoolers

June 14, 2000|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

An 18-year-old Sykesville man who is accused of raping two middle school girls was released from the Carroll County jail yesterday on a $15,000 bond.

Joseph L. Tetlow of the 5600 block of Bartholow Road was charged with two counts each of second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and third-degree sexual offense, and one count of perverted practice.

He is accused of having sexual affairs at his home with two girls, who were 12 or 13 at the time, between January and March, court documents show. The girls are not being named because of their ages and the nature of the alleged crimes.

In charging documents, investigators for the Carroll County Child Abuse Sexual Assault (CASA) unit said they became aware of alleged sexual activities March 29. Tetlow, who was 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, was arrested Monday.

Anyone 16 years old or older can be charged as an adult with second-degree rape or a second-degree sexual offense if he or she is at least four years older than the alleged victim, said Tracey A. Gilmore, deputy state's attorney for Carroll County.

One girl told CASA investigators she met Tetlow after Christmas and visited his home at various times until February, according to charging documents. The other said she met him in January and visited his home at various times until late February or early March.

Neither girl indicated they were unwilling participants, according to court documents.

"The charges alleged are definitely for statutory, not forcible, rape," Gilmore said.

CASA investigators indicated in court documents that Tetlow told them one girl said she was 15 years old. He said he thought the other girl was older.

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