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Bond posted for man charged in rape of girl, 7

June 14, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

A Sharpsburg man charged with raping a 7-year-old girl at his mother's home day care center June 8 was released from the Washington County Detention Center Tuesday after a $150,000 property bond was posted.

Jeffery Donald Otzelberger is scheduled for a July 6 preliminary hearing on two counts each of second-degree rape, child abuse-custodian, second-degree assault and contributing to the condition of a child.

Should a defendant flee prosecution, a property bond allows the state to force forfeiture of the property to satisfy the bond.

Investigator Chris Weaver of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that his investigation into the allegations was continuing and expanding.

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He would not comment further.

Judge Ralph France Monday lowered Otzelberger's bond from $200,000 to $150,000 and ordered the man - described by his defense attorney, Wiley Rutledge, as mentally retarded - to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and to have no contact with the girl.

Otzelberger, 28, of 3704 Harpers Ferry Road, was taken into custody after the girl made sexual contact allegations.

The girl was playing outside Pat Otzelberger's day care center and entered the home to use the bathroom when a man forced himself on her, court records alleged.

Otzelberger confessed to police on June 9 that he had vaginal intercourse with the child "more than one time," according to allegations contained in court documents.

The child also told police she twice told Otzelberger "no" when he told her to pull down her pants after he grabbed her arm and forced her to the floor, court records allege.

The day-care center was closed down after the arrest.

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