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Bond set at $750,000 in sexual assault case

June 17, 1997

Bond has been set at $750,000 for a Hagerstown man charged with abducting a woman at gunpoint as she walked on West Franklin Street and raping her in a vacant apartment Friday, according to Hagerstown City Police.

Dwain Thomas Kemp, 24, of the first block of Manor Drive, was charged with first-degree rape, second-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, perverted practice, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, use of a handgun in a violent crime and attempted sodomy, police said.

Kemp told Washington County District Judge Ralph France at a bond review hearing Monday that the woman called police only after they had sex and he refused to pay.

Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael told France that Kemp is on probation for a 1996 fourth-degree sex offense and has two prior convictions for battery.

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Police said the 23-year-old woman had been walking east in the first block of West Franklin Street about 4 a.m. Friday when a man grabbed her ponytail and placed a small black handgun to her head.

The man led the woman to a vacant apartment at 251/2 W. Franklin St. and performed various sexual acts on her, police said.

Afterward, the woman returned to her home and called police.

Police Officer Joseph Stauffer saw a man matching that description sleeping on the front steps of a house in the 100 block of South Potomac Street at 6:10 a.m., police said.

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