List of charges grows

Man accused of kidnapping faces counts of rape

April 28, 2007|By Laura McCandlish | Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter

More than three dozen new charges have been lodged against a man who was arrested March 31 and accused of assault and reckless endangerment after a woman told police she was held captive for six weeks in a Carroll County home.

With the new charges, William Thomas Parrish III, 25, of Reisterstown, faces a total of 44 counts, including first-degree rape, second-degree rape, sodomy and false imprisonment.

Court documents allege that Parrish committed the crimes -- which include numerous counts of assault and sex offenses -- while holding the 25-year-old Owings Mills woman captive in a modest brick home his grandfather owns in Finksburg.

A preliminary hearing for Parrish on the charges was scheduled for yesterday, but the public defender representing him requested a postponement because the state Department of Corrections failed to bring Parrish to the courthouse.

He is in jail in Baltimore serving a yearlong sentence in unrelated cases of assault and credit-card misuse, Carroll County Deputy State's Attorney David P. Daggett said.

He was sentenced two weeks ago on those charges.

The woman told authorities she was repeatedly raped, assaulted, burned, gagged with socks and tattooed with her tormentor's name as he held her captive for more than a month this year.

Parrish's attorney was unavailable for comment yesterday.

More details of her six-week ordeal emerged yesterday after the woman's friends spoke about how her captor tried to control her through abuse, threats and by trying to turn her against her family.

Her boyfriend said the Owings Mills woman has been undergoing counseling since she escaped after he left her unattended in the parking lot of a Westminster liquor store in late March.

She called police from a nearby house and was later taken to Carroll Hospital Center where she was treated, she told friends.

The Sun does not identify victims of sexual assault.

Although burns and bite-marks still cover the woman's body, her boyfriend, Robert "Doug" Graff of Pennsylvania, said the psychological scars she suffered are far more pronounced.

"She's got more head damage than anything," Graff, the father of the woman's 9-month-old son, said yesterday outside Carroll County District Court in Westminster.

Graff said he was speaking on behalf of his girlfriend, who was too shaken to talk publicly.

The woman, who told authorities that she had known Parrish since they were teenagers in Baltimore County, started dating him after he was released from jail in December.

Parrish also was accused of tattooing boxes on her neck and his name, "Tommy P," on her body, according to court documents.

Parrish has been in and out of the court system since he was a teenager.

He also has a history of violence against women, with convictions in Baltimore and Carroll counties, according to court records spanning nearly a decade.

Convicted at least three times for assault and once for false imprisonment, he also violated at least twice a protective order issued for his former wife -- among other charges against him.

In 2004, Parrish was convicted of second-degree assault and false imprisonment in Baltimore County.

Parrish's family and past girlfriends have said frequent incarceration seemed to alter his personality and prevented him from going about daily life.

Graff has known Parrish since they were in elementary school. Parrish was raised primarily by his paternal grandparents in Reisterstown.

His mother, who has since died, wasn't able to care for him, relatives said.

Carroll County public defender Judson K. Larrimore has been assigned to represent Parrish in this case.

The Office of the Public Defender would not comment further on the case.

Daggett said the preliminary hearing should be rescheduled in the next few weeks.

laura.mccandlish@baltsun.com

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