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Man found guilty of attempted rape

November 03, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Washington County Circuit jury took less than an hour Thursday to convict a 33-year-old man who two police officers caught trying to rape a woman in a Hagerstown parking lot in June.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley ordered James Bond Jr. to serve 15 years in prison on a charge of attempted second-degree rape, the most serious charge for which he was convicted.

Bond was not ordered to serve time for merged convictions for fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

Bond's 29-year-old victim testified Thursday that as she walked from Washington Street across Hagerstown's central parking lot on June 28 about 11:45 p.m., Bond called out to her.

The woman, who testified she had been drinking and was headed to Meda's Tavern, asked Bond for a cigarette.

As she walked away, the woman said, "I got hit from behind ... I blacked out."

The next thing the woman knew, she was pinned and half-naked beneath Bond, who cupped his hand over her mouth when he wasn't preparing himself to rape her, she said

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"Every time he took his hand off, I screamed," she said.

Hagerstown Police Department Street Crimes Unit Detectives Tom Langston and Brian Hook testified that they heard her screams while patrolling the area in an undercover vehicle. The detectives testified that they circled until they found Bond on top of the woman - on the ground between a brick wall and a vehicle parked behind Universal Liquors at 33 E. Franklin St.

Bond testified that the woman "came to me hysterical about how she was working and had no money to herself."

Bond claimed she "never asked me for a cigarette," but instead followed him and "pulled her underwear and pants down to her knees."

He said when police found them, he was on his side "in a fetal position" after the victim asked him if he had crack and became "irritated."

His attorney, Assistant Public Defender Stephen Musselman, told jurors, "It's not rape. She wanted crack." He told jurors that there is "another world" in downtown Hagerstown "after midnight."

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion told the jurors that Bond, who has an extensive criminal record, was "not a credible witness."

"The defendant had an opportunity, and he took it," she said.

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