Youth arrested in fourth rape

Taneytown boy, 17, accused of assaulting teen-ager at party

November 02, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 17-year-old Taneytown youth was charged yesterday with a fourth rape, stemming from the alleged assault of an 18-year-old woman in April at a party in New Windsor, according to court documents.

Nathaniel Jared Yinger of the 2800 block of Basehore's Mill Road was charged yesterday -- two days after he was charged with three other rapes, one involving an 18-year-old woman and two involving 16-year-old girls, at two homes in Taneytown and one in Westminster, dating to December, according to court documents.

He was arrested about 3 a.m. yesterday by the Carroll Child Sexual Abuse, Sexual Assault Unit of the Maryland State Police. He was charged as an adult with second-degree rape, second-degree assault, second-degree sex offense and sodomy.

Yinger is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail on the latest charge, pending a bail review today in Carroll County District Court, according to the documents. He posted $50,000 bail on the earlier charges.

All but one of the rape charges involve teen-age parties where alcohol was consumed, according to the documents.

In the latest case, according to the documents, the alleged victim, 18, consumed several shots of vodka at the party. Later, as she was falling asleep on a bed, she was raped and sodomized, according to the documents.

Police said they are investigating Yinger's circle of friends in search of other possible victims.

A former soccer player and wrestler, Yinger withdrew from Francis Scott Key Senior High School near Taneytown in September, school officials said.

About that time, police learned he might be involved in a rape.

In one of the earlier cases, an 18-year-old woman sought treatment at Carroll County General Hospital, saying she was raped about 3 a.m. Sept. 29, after becoming ill from drinking at a party in Taneytown, according to documents.

In another case, a 16-year-old said she was raped by a man at her Westminster home, after she returned from school one day in December, according to documents.

That case did not involve alcohol or a party, investigators said.

In a third case, a 16-year-old girl said she was raped Feb. 27 at a party in Taneytown, where she had been drinking, according to the documents.

The alleged victims were students at Key High School.

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