A 41-year-old Taneytown man with a previous sexual offense conviction has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing two teenage girls during a nine-month period.
Raymond James Thiele of the 6000 block of Taneytown Pike was charged Thursday with 17 counts of child sexual abuse and assault, according to court documents.
At a bail review hearing Friday in Carroll County District Court, Judge JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones ordered that Thiele's original bond of $300,000 be reduced to $100,000. The judge ruled that Thiele could post 10 percent of the bond.
If released, Thiele has been ordered to stay away from the girls and to remain in the state, except for work. She also ordered him to report to pre-trial services and adhere to conditions set by the Department of Social Services.
Thiele appeared in court on a video link from the Carroll County Detention Center. He held his hand to his ear to indicate a hearing problem. Judge Jones stopped the session until his attorney, Stephen P. Bourexis, joined him at the jail.
Prosecutors asked the judge to keep the bond at $300,000, saying that Thiele is a flight risk because of several previous convictions - both in Maryland and other states - and because he has used aliases.
Edward J. Coyne, an assistant state's attorney, said Thiele finished serving probation in 2001 for a 1999 fourth-degree sexual offense conviction in Baltimore. Coyne said Thiele had sexual relations with a 17-year-old baby-sitter in that case.
Coyne also told the judge that Thiele had two other convictions in Maryland, for breaking and entering in 1981 and for theft in 1986. Thiele also was charged with bank burglary in Florida in 1992.
Jones scheduled a preliminary hearing for Aug. 5.