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Two to remain charged as adults in sex assault

November 21, 1996

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Efforts failed Thursday to return two teens to the jurisdiction of juvenile authorities on charges they participated in the alleged sexual assault of a young girl while she was babysitting last year in Smithsburg.

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell refused to grant a reverse waiver for Dennis Robert Langenstein, now 19, and Jeffrey Gordon Snyder, now 18, both of Smithsburg.

Both men face adult charges of attempted first-degree rape, assault with intent to rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, reckless endangerment, assault and battery, according to Maryland State Police.

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In June, the same charges were lodged against a 17-year-old Hagerstown youth who also was charged as an adult in the case.

But on Oct. 23, Judge Fred Wright ruled that youth would be waived back to juvenile court on the charges.

The fourth defendant is a 16-year-old boy who faces the same charges as a juvenile in the incident.

According to police reports, the victim, who was 17 in late May, 1995, was babysitting for an infant child at the home of one of the boys.

The youths arrived at the residence and stayed for some time, police reports said. Some left and came back later.

After midnight, the victim was forced into a bedroom and tied to a bed, police reports said.

"She was told not to fight them because it was going to happen anyway,'' Trooper 1st Class Mike Potter said in his report. But she continued to scream and fight, he said.

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., the mother of one of the boys returned home, walked into the bedroom and ordered all the boys out of the house.

She untied the girl, according to police reports.

No trial dates have been set for any of the four defendants.

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