Middletown man facing rape charge

January 02, 1998


Staff Writer

A 33-year-old Middletown, Md., man has been charged with rape, burglary and other crimes in connection with an Oct. 22 incident at a Smithsburg woman's apartment.

Robert Wayne Martin Jr., of 8022 A Old Hagerstown Road, was being held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center.

Charges include burglary, rape, first-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, according to reports filed by Washington County sheriff's deputies.


The victim told deputies she was a bar in Smithsburg on Oct. 22 for pool league practice when Martin came in around 8 p.m., police reports said.

A short time later, the victim left the bar and went to a friend's apartment near hers where she stayed for about 30 minutes, police reports said.

Upon returning to her apartment, the victim left the door unlocked for her boyfriend and went to bed, police reports said.

While she was asleep, the victim heard a person come into her room and get into her bed but thought it was her boyfriend until he grabbed her hair and tried to kiss her, police reports said.

The victim told police that she discovered a partially-clothed man in her bed and ordered him to get out.

The man became angry and began striking and biting the victim and touching her genital area.

She told deputies she fought off his attempts to have intercourse and oral sex with her, police reports said.

She was able to get away and flee downstairs to a friend's apartment, police reports said.

When contacted about the allegations, Martin allegedly told deputies he came into the victim's bedroom and she began "coming on" to him.

He denied hitting her and forcing her to have sex, police reports said.

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