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Registed sex offender found guilty of molesting 7-year-old

February 02, 2007

A Washington County Circuit jury found a previously registered sex offender guilty Thursday of molesting a girl while her mother shopped at Goodwill Industries in August 2006, court records show.

Rodney Wayne Bible, 50, whose last known address was 12 East Ave., Apt. 1, was charged with third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault for molesting a 7-year-old girl at Goodwill Industries, 151 N. Burhans Blvd., on Aug. 25, 2006, at about 4:45 p.m., charging documents state.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said Thursday that sentencing was delayed so the prosecution could study whether Bible's previous convictions would make him subject to life imprisonment.

The third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault charges each carry a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, while the fourth-degree sex offense charge carries a maximum of one year imprisonment, Cirincion said.

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She said the sentences likely would be merged because the charges all concern the same incident.

Bible was being held in jail without bond pending sentencing, Cirincion said. A sentencing date has not been set, she said.

The 7-year-old girl had gone to the toy section of Goodwill while her mother shopped for clothes, charging documents state.

When the girl was alone, Bible approached her from behind and rubbed her private area, charging documents state.

Surveillance video of the store showed the girl reaching into boxes or bins for toys and Bible walking into the toy area, court records indicate. Bible paced between the toy area and the electronics area before crouching down beside the girl "and appears to put his arm around her from behind," according to court records.

The girl told her mother about the assault as they were leaving the store and pointed out Bible, who was getting into a car, and the mother wrote down the vehicle's tag number, documents state.

Bible is registered as a child sex offender with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry, charging documents state. He was convicted of second-degree rape and indecent exposure, according to the registry Web site.

Cirincion said Bible was convicted of five counts of indecent exposure in 1992 and one count of indecent exposure in 1998. All of the charges involved children, she said.

The second-degree rape occurred in 1979, she said.

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