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Man, 78, faces sexual abuse charges

November 15, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

Allegations of sexual abuse more than 20 years ago have led to charges against a 78-year-old Funkstown man, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

Richard Lionel Bailey, of 10 W. Chestnut St., was served with criminal summons for one count each of second- and third-degree sex offenses. He wasn't taken into custody.

Investigator Chris Weaver interviewed the victim in late August after the man, now in his 30s, made it known he wanted to make a formal complaint against Bailey for incidents that allegedly occurred in the summer of 1977.

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The victim told Weaver that Bailey was helping his family move during that summer 20 years ago and on several occasions, he found himself alone with Bailey at the new house, police reports said.

Then in his early teens, the victim said he told Bailey he had a headache and that Bailey volunteered to "rub his headache away.''

The victim said he was then fondled by Bailey in the genital area, both on a couch and then in a bedroom. Oral sex was also alleged to have occurred, police reports said.

Weaver interviewed Bailey in early October. Bailey allegedly admitted the instances but said he did it out of love for the victim, police reports said.

Several days later, Bailey was interviewed again and he provided a written statement admitting to the fondling, police reports said.

Second-degree sex offense carries a possible maximum 20-year prison sentence. Third-degree sex offense has a 10-year limit.

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