Rape charges added to child sex abuse case of former Carroll schools superintendent

March 07, 2003|By Jennifer McMenamin | Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF

A Carroll County grand jury added a more serious charge yesterday to the indictment of former county schools Superintendent William H. Hyde, charging him with raping the elementary school-age girl he had been accused of molesting.

Hyde, 61, who left Carroll County with two years left in his contract to run a small school system in Montana, could receive up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the second-degree rape charge. He also is charged with two counts of sexual child abuse, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and one count of second-degree assault. He has been free on bail and living in Idaho since his arrest Aug. 8 in Westminster.

Attempts to reach Hyde yesterday were unsuccessful and his lawyers did not return phone calls.

Investigators attributed the nearly seven-month lag between Hyde's arrest and yesterday's indictment to the recent discovery of information. After intensive therapy, the young girl Hyde is accused of abusing told authorities that in addition to being molested - as alleged in the original charges - she also had been subjected to sexual intercourse.

"It's not uncommon in cases such as these for information to come out, in some cases six months later and in some cases 10 years later," said Maryland State Police Sgt. James T. DeWees, supervisor of Carroll County's child abuse and sexual assault unit. "This child has gone through therapy and has recently disclosed some information that was not disclosed earlier. As police officers, we proceeded from there."

The original charges stemmed from an alleged incident July 15 at the home of the girl's family, court records show. An examination of the girl "showed evidence consistent with long-term sexual abuse and a recent injury consistent with genital contact," according to court documents.

With the new charge, authorities have accused Hyde of raping and sexually abusing the girl between July 11 and July 12 at the same home, according to the indictment.

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