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Area man being held on rape charge

December 03, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

FREDERICK, Md. - A Boonsboro man previously convicted of rape was being held Tuesday on charges of raping a mentally retarded woman in May 2002 in Frederick County.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Department said genetic evidence linked Richard David Hurst, 49, of 21318 Mount Lena Road, to the crime, according to charging documents filed in Frederick County District Court.

According to Maryland Division of Correction records, Hurst was sentenced in October 1981 in Baltimore City Circuit Court to 25 years in prison on charges of rape and kidnapping. He was denied parole, but released from prison in October 1998 because of automatic "good time" credits.

In connection with the May 2002 incident, Hurst is charged with second-degree rape, second- and fourth-degree sex offense, and second-degree assault, according to jail records and charging documents.

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Hurst's bail was set Monday at $250,000. He was being held Tuesday at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

According to the documents, police were contacted by officials at Frederick Memorial Hospital on May 16, 2002. A woman there, who a relative said had the mental capacity of a 10- or 11-year-old, told police she had been raped.

According to the documents, the investigation revealed the woman had been filling out job applications at the Valley Mall in Halfway and was walking on Wesel Boulevard when a man stopped and asked for directions.

The woman got into the man's vehicle, and was sexually assaulted after the man drove into Frederick County, documents allege.

DNA evidence was taken from the victim and cross-checked through Maryland State Police records, according to the court papers.

Police were notified Nov. 26 that the DNA linked Hurst to the crime, and Hurst was taken into custody later that day, the documents state.

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