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Man charged in summer rape

November 06, 1997

A Washington County man has been jailed on $75,000 bond on charges of rape involving a woman he met at a carnival last summer in Hagerstown.

Herbert Bernard Althoff II, 21, of 17938 Broadfording Road, was charged with second-degree rape, second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, perverted practice and second-degree assault.

Althoff, who had a bond review Tuesday, was being held at the Washington County Detention Center. He was picked up on a warrant on Monday.

According to court records, the victim told Hagerstown City Police she had been at the Longmeadow Fire Co. carnival on June 15 when she got a ride home with a friend.

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When she got into the friend's car, two men were in the car and all of them drove to the victim's home where they talked and drank beer, court records said.

The victim told police she walked out into an alley and encountered Althoff who asked her repeatedly to have sex with him, court records said. She said she told him no repeatedly, according to court records.

The victim said an attempt was made to pull down her pants and she was thrown to the ground and forced to engage in oral sex, according to court records.

She told police she kicked the man repeatedly and screamed but was told to stop or she would be beaten, court records said.

She then was forced to have sexual intercourse, court records said.

When contacted by police, Althoff allegedly told them he and the victim had "rough sex," but later said she may not have been willing, court records alleged.

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