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Man charged with rape to be monitored for a year

May 08, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

A severely retarded Sharpsburg man charged with raping a 7-year-old girl at his mother's at-home daycare center will be monitored once a week for a year as part of an agreement accepted by a Washington County Circuit judge Monday.

In examinations last year, Jeffrey D. Otzelberger, 30, was found to be not competent to stand trial and Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion asked Judge John McDowell to have him committed, she said.

Otzelberger was charged in 2000 with two counts each of second-degree rape, child abuse-custodian, second-degree assault and contributing to the condition of a child.

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Cirincion said Monday that she reached an agreement with defense attorney Wiley Rutledge and would no longer seek commitment.

The charges were dropped "without prejudice," and can be reinstated if necessary, said Cirincion.

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, 2000, that he had intercourse with the child "more than one time," according to allegations contained in court documents.

Otzelberger has been living with his parents at 3704 Harpers Ferry Road in Sharpsburg since being freed on bond, she said. The day-care center was closed down after the arrest.

Rutledge did not return two phone calls.

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