Man accused in rape was charged before

June 21, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

A man charged last week with kidnapping and raping an 11-year-old girl in May was charged with a similar sex offense 20 years ago.

James Ellis Hackey Jr., 39, was charged by the Frederick Police Department with second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, several counts of burglary and battery on July 14, 1987, according to Frederick County District Court documents.

There is no record of a conviction on those sexual assault charges.

Hackey pleaded guilty to several burglaries in Frederick during May and June of 1987, according to documents. He was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison and was paroled from the Maryland Correctional Training Center south of Hagerstown in September 2004.

According to documents from 1987 that charged Hackey with battery, second-degree sex offense, two counts of third-degree sex offense, and fourth-degree sex offense, a sleeping 7-year-old girl was awakened by a man pulling her bed covers up.


The man reached under the covers and pulled the girl's underpants off, sodomized her with a thermometer and fondled the girl, according to documents. He told the girl that he was the baby sitter and that she had a temperature, according to court documents.

Criminal dockets from Frederick County Circuit Court do not show a disposition in the sexual assault case, and Hackey's court file was destroyed after 10 years of inactivity in the case, a court clerk said.

According to Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services guidelines, it appears Hackey would have been required to register as a sex offender if convicted of a second- or third-degree sex offense.

Child sex offenders must register if they are convicted of a second- or third-degree sex offense that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 1995. They also must register if they were convicted of such an offense before Oct. 1, 1995, and are in the custody or under the supervision of a supervising authority, which includes any Division of Correction institution, on Oct. 1, 2001. Hackey began serving time jail in July 1987 and was paroled from prison in September 2004.

In the Oak Ridge case, 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 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, according to records.

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.

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