Carroll youth set for trial in rape case

November 29, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County District Court judge found sufficient evidence yesterday for the trial of a 17-year-old Taneytown-area youth who is accused of raping four young friends and acquaintances in the past year, three of them at parties where alcohol was used.

Nathaniel Jared Yinger, 17, of the 2800 block of Basehore's Mill Road has been charged as an adult with multiple counts, including rape, sexual assault and assault, all in the second degree, and sodomy, involving two 18-year-old women and two 16-year-old girls since December. He was freed Nov. 2 on $50,000 bail and placed on home detention in the custody of his parents.

Dressed in a black shirt and a tie, Yinger sat quietly beside defense attorney Fred S. Hecker during a preliminary hearing in court yesterday. Hecker questioned - sometimes graphically - whether the alleged acts met the law's definitions. He also asked about the women's behavior - injuries, cries for help, ripped clothing - trying to show insufficient proof of force to support the charges.

Trooper Charlene Yinger of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit, who is not related to the defendant, was the only witness called by Assistant State's Attorney Natasha M. Byus for the hearing before Judge Marc G. Rasinsky.

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