Court briefs

September 23, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

Pa. inmate waives hearing in sex case

A Franklin County (Pa.) Prison inmate waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Washington County District Court on Wednesday on charges that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy more than a decade ago, according to court records.

David A. Harris II, 31, is charged with three counts of third-degree sex offense and one count of second-degree sex offense in connection with alleged incidents in 1993.

The Washington County Sheriffs' Department alleged that Harris, who was 19 at the time of the alleged incidents, had a sexual relationship with the juvenile. The sheriff's department alleged the two engaged in sexual activity in multiple locations in Washington County, including behind a flea market in Hagerstown.

Court records state Harris was imprisoned in Pennsylvania for charges including sexual assault and breaking and entering.

Robbery case sent to circuit court

A case against a Hagerstown man charged with assaulting and robbing a 16-year-old for his shoes has been forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, according to court records.


Washington County District Judge Ralph H. France II found probable cause during a preliminary hearing Wednesday to send to Circuit Court all eight counts against James A. Brown, 25, of 26 Randolph Ave., Apt. 2, records state.

Brown is charged with two counts of first- and second- degree assault and reckless endangerment and one count each of robbery and theft less than $500, records state.

The Hagerstown Police Department alleged that Brown on Aug. 19 brandished a knife and pellet gun and began punching and kicking the juvenile.

Police alleged Brown took the victim's shoes and attempted to take his cellular phone.

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