All charges dropped against mentor accused of raping teen

Douglas A. Hicks-Bey, who runs B-Moor Youth Services, had been accused of assaulting girl

February 22, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Douglas A. Hicks-Bey, the chief executive of a faith-based mentoring program, who was accused last month of raping a 15-year-old girl.

"The decision by the State Attorney's Office in this case was based on a careful and thorough review of the evidence," Mark R. Cheshire, a spokesman for Baltimore's chief prosecutor, wrote in an e-mail message.

Hicks-Bey, 48, who runs B-Moor Youth Services, was charged with seven counts — second-degree rape, child abuse, second-degree assault, perverted practice and second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses — in connection with incidents that police said took place over a 10-day period in his home in the 4000 block of Edgewood Road in Northwest Baltimore. The girl was a client of the organization, police said.

Hicks-Bey was incarcerated on Jan. 13 and released the following day in lieu of $175,000 bail.

The organization's website, which refers to its chief executive as Brother D. Hicks-Bey, says that its mentoring program helps counsel young people 7 to 21 years old. "Our mission is to encourage our youth to be more by reaching for more," the site says.

Court records show that Hicks-Bey has an arrest record in previous cases, including one in 1995 in which he was charged with 20 counts, including kidnapping a minor, reckless endangerment, concealing a dangerous weapon, assault and false imprisonment. There were no findings of guilt.

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