On May 16, 2009, the Annapolis newspaper, The Capital, published an article about an Annapolis man arrested for rape. The event occurred on August 26, 2000, in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Annapolis. The State’s Attorney’s Office said that evidence from DNA testing led to the arrest of a 26-year-old man from Annapolis. He turned himself in at police headquarters as law enforcement officials staked out his place of employment. Charges against him include first-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, armed robbery, use of a handgun in a crime of violence and related charges not outlined in the article.
If a jury convicts him on all charges, the rape and sex offense convictions could result in life sentences. The other charges could result in imprisonment for 20 to 30 years each. When the alleged crimes were committed, the accused was under 18 years old. An experienced Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer could appeal to have the case heard in juvenile court. Under Maryland law, a defendant faces charges as an adult if they are older than 16 when the crime allegedly occurs and the charge is first-degree rape.
The Maryland sex crime charges allege that the accused approached the victim, who was then 39 years old, as she got out of her car. He allegedly first threatened her with a handgun and robbed around $30. According to police officials, he ordered the woman to go to the rear of a nearby home before raping her.
Before January 1, 2009, the collection of DNA from convicted felons was routine. But when 2009 began, Maryland lawmakers enacted a tougher law. This new law allows the collection of genetic materials from any defendant facing violent crimes charges. Court records state that the man accused in this case had a prior criminal record. This includes two minor drug possession charges in 2002 and 2003 and a charge of violating a 2007 protective order.
Facing Sex Crime Charges?
The experienced Maryland sex crimes lawyers at the Maryland criminal defense law firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC have a proven track record of helping clients charged with rape, sexual assault and other sex crimes. After a free consultation, their skilled Maryland criminal defense attorneys can launch an immediate investigation into the charges. We protect their clients’ rights, and work hard to have the charges dismissed or reduced. If you or someone you care for faces sex crime charges in Maryland, call 866-444-6363 or use our online form.