Sex offender charged with raping girl, 13, in Annapolis

Suspect also accused of giving alcohol, marijuana to three other teens

July 09, 2010|By Brent Jones, The Baltimore Sun

A registered sex offender faces second-degree-rape and perverted-practice charges after Anne Arundel County police say he had sex with a 13-year-old girl at an Annapolis-area business and later at a residence in the capital.

James Mason III, 28, of the 100 block of Simms Drive in Annapolis is also accused of giving alcohol and marijuana to three other teenage girls.

The police investigation began early Thursday when officers from the Eastern District were called to the 1500 block of St. Margarets Road. About 3:30 a.m., the officers found the four girls, ages 13 to 15, and Mason at a residence in that block.

According to police, Mason had driven to Dundalk in Baltimore County earlier in the night and picked up the four girls. Police said Mason had met one of the girls on the MySpace website about a month ago, and the two kept in regular contact. In their first in-person meeting, he agreed to pick up the girl and her friends, according to police.

Mason bought alcohol and offered the beverages and suspected marijuana to the girls when they arrived at the home on St. Margarets Road, police said. He then left the home with one girl to purchase food, according to police. Once at the business, police said Mason parked his vehicle and had sex with the 13-year-old before returning to the residence, where he again engaged in sexual acts with the victim.

One of the other girls then texted a family member, saying she was scared and needed help, police said. The family member contacted Baltimore County police, who relayed the message to Anne Arundel authorities.

Mason was arrested after investigators with the sex offense unit conducted interviews and executed search warrants, and police said more charges could be filed. He was being held at the Jennifer Road Detention Center in lieu of $950,000 bail.

Electronic court records show that Mason has a history of sexual assault convictions, beginning in July 1999, when he was sentenced to three years in prison for a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. In June 2004, Mason was sentenced to five years in prison for second-degree sexual assault, according to the records.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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