Judge orders rape suspect on detention

Carroll teen released on bail cut to $50,000

November 03, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County District Court judge reduced bail yesterday and ordered home detention for a 17-year-old Taneytown youth arrested Thursday on charges of raping a teen-age acquaintance, the fourth charge of sexual assault lodged against him by police.

Nathaniel Jared Yinger of the 2800 block of Basehore's Mill Road was released yesterday afternoon from the Carroll County Detention Center. He is charged with second-degree rape and second-degree assault of an 18-year-old woman at a party in New Windsor in April.

On Tuesday, he was charged in cases involving three other teens, one 18 and two 16, between December and September. Two of those cases involved teen drinking at parties, according to charging documents.

Yinger had been free in the first three cases on a $50,000 bond, set by a court commissioner and secured by his parents' home. But after he was rearrested early Thursday on charges involving the fourth woman, bail was set at $500,000 and he was jailed.

Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore asked in court yesterday that the bail in the fourth case remain at $500,000, because Yinger might flee and because of "the number of victims that are out there."

The prosecutor and Fred S. Hecker, Yinger's attorney, told the judge that more charges are likely to be filed in cases involving other young women.

"Mr. Yinger is a juvenile charged as an adult," Hecker said, noting that Yinger turned 17 in August. "He is at this moment a 17-year-old [and] I think that he would not mind my saying ... he is an afraid young man."

Yinger had sought counseling before the charges were filed and was to see a therapist three times a week, Hecker said. He also had withdrawn from Francis Scott Key High School in late September before his arrest, which he knew was likely, Hecker said, and he didn't flee.

Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones reduced the bail to $50,000, as in the first three cases, and allowed home detention in the custody of Yinger's parents and under the supervision of pretrial services officials.

She said Yinger, who wore a somber expression in court, may leave his home only for counseling, court appointments and meetings with his attorney.

"And you are not to have any contact with females with whom you have had sex," the judge told him.

Yinger's parents, who were in court, declined to comment after the bail hearing.

Hecker said he might seek to have the case tried in juvenile court.

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