Fredrick County Man Arrested For Rape
Rape and other sex-related crimes are punished harshly. They are considered one of the most serious crimes in Maryland and can lead to consequences that last a lifetime.
A Maryland man is potentially facing serious punishment after raping a woman in Frederick County. The incident happened in an alley in the early morning hours of July 4.
A woman was walking on S. Carroll Street in downtown Frederick when she was approached by the 57-year-old man and sexually assaulted. The Walkerville man was arrested on July 22 in Nashville. Several law enforcement agencies, including the Frederick Police Department, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, and a couple fugitive task forces, assisted with the arrest.
Rape in Maryland
There are two types of rape in Maryland: first-degree and second-degree. Second-degree rape is the lesser crime. It requires vaginal penetration, as well as one of the following conditions:
- The use of force without the victim’s consent
- The victim was mentally incapacitated at the time of the rape
- The victim was under age 14, with the suspect at least four years older
The punishment for second-degree rape is up to 20 years in prison.
First-degree rape is more serious. It also requires vaginal penetration through force, and without the victim’s consent. It also requires one of the following conditions:
- Use of a dangerous weapon
- Strangulation, suffocation, disfigurement, or other serious injury toward the victim.
- Threats to kill the victim
- Raping the victim as part of a burglary
- Raping the victim with assistance from another person
A person convicted of first-degree rape could face life in prison. A person who rapes someone under the age of 16 can face life in prison without parole. This is also true if the person has a prior conviction of first-degree rape or sexual assault.
Sexual Offenses in Maryland
Sexual offenses are punished less severely, but are still considered serious. The least serious offense is a fourth-degree sexual offense, which is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison. This crime typically involves sexual contact without the victim’s consent. Sexual contact is defined as intentionally touching the victim’s private parts, such as the breasts, genitals, or anal areas for the purpose of sexual gratification or abuse. When force, serious injury, or threat of death is involved, a person can face 20 years or even life in prison.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Rape is a very serious matter in Maryland. Even an accusation can ruin your reputation and affect your life for many years. There are a lot of legal and personal consequences involved, and a conviction can mean the rest of your life in prison.
The Columbia sex crimes lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. has more than 20 years of experience defending clients from various criminal charges. We will work hard to provide a strong legal defense so you can protect your rights and your freedom. Fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987 to schedule a consultation today. We have two offices to serve you.