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Judge refuses to lower bond for man charged in sex assault

April 24, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

A Washington County judge Tuesday refused to lower the bond of a Hagerstown man charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy whose mother had just died.

Michael Blaine Shatzer went before District Judge R. Noel Spence Tuesday afternoon for a bond review. Shatzer, 43, of 221 Summer St., Hagerstown, was charged Monday with a second- and a fourth-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault.

Shatzer appeared before the judge via closed circuit television from the Washington County Detention Center where had been held since Monday on $20,000 bond.

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"I don't feel that I'm a danger to others," said Shatzer, who kept his head down as he spoke to the judge.

Shatzer told the judge that if he granted his request he wouldn't leave the state.

Charging documents allege that Shatzer sexually abused a family friend from April 2000 to August 2001 at his Summer Street home.

Police alleged that Shatzer forced the juvenile to have oral sex with him about 14 times.

"Shatzer kept saying that he did nothing wrong because the victim was the pursuer," police alleged in charging documents.

Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long said that Shatzer had a battery conviction from 1992 stemming from a child sexual abuse incident and a resisting arrest conviction in South Carolina from 1991.

Shatzer said he owns a home in Washington County, has a girlfriend and children that he takes care of.

"I'll be on my best behavior," he said.

Shatzer said he had been receiving medication for mental health problems prior to his incarceration and needs to resume his treatment.

Spence told Shatzer that the sexual assault charge carries a 20-year prison sentence.

"I don't believe it's unreasonable," Spence said of the established bond. "I believe it's modest in light of your criminal history."

Shatzer posted bond shortly after the bond review, according to a deputy at the Washington County Detention Center.

Shatzer's preliminary hearing was set for May 21.

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