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Hagerstown man charged in rape paroled in 2004

June 19, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A man charged Thursday with kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl in May was paroled from the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown in September 2004 after serving almost 20 years for burglary, police and Department of Correction officials said Monday.

James Ellis Hackey Jr., 39, began serving 41 years in prison on 10 counts of burglary and violation of probation on July 14, 1987, a DOC clerk said. Hackey was paroled Sept. 30, 2004, the clerk said.

Hackey faces two counts of rape, four counts of sexual offense, one count of sodomy, one count of unnatural and perverted sexual practice, one count of kidnapping, one count of abduction, one count of assault, one count of Peeping Tom, two counts of theft and three counts of burglary.

The charges stem from a kidnapping and rape during which a girl was taken from a bedroom at Oak Ridge Apartments on Downsville Pike in the early morning hours of May 10.

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The 11-year-old girl's younger sister woke up the night of the kidnapping and saw a man sitting on the edge of her sister's bed, according to court documents.

The man gave the 8-year-old sister four one-dollar bills so she wouldn't go get their mother and promised that he wouldn't hurt either girl, according to court documents. He also showed the girls a picture of a baby wearing a purple outfit, which he said was his little girl, records show.

He then took the 11-year-old to the apartment complex's basketball courts, where he raped and sodomized her and forced her to perform oral sex on him, according to sheriff's department reports.

Investigators found a picture similar to the one described by the girls during a search of Hackey's home. The younger sister identified the picture as the one the man showed her the night her sister was abducted.

A records supervisor at the Frederick (Md.) Police Department said police have records of 15 burglary cases from 1986 and 1987 in which Hackey was charged.

Hackey, who originally is from Frederick, pleaded guilty to one count of prostitution in January 2005, according to Washington County District Court records.

Hackey is not married and lived with his brother at 238 Hager St. in Hagerstown for two years, and for the past 17 months he worked at the Red Lobster restaurant on Wesel Boulevard, records show.

According to documents prepared by a Washington County District Commissioner, Hackey is on parole until 2028.

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