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August 15, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

Case forwarded against man accused of sex offenses



The case of a man charged with sexual offenses that resulted in the pregnancy of a 14-year-old girl in 1991 was forwarded Tuesday to Washington County Circuit Court.

Bohnomme Sanon, 47, of 125 W. Church St. in Hagers- town, waived a preliminary hearing in District Court and his case was sent to Circuit Court.

Sanon is charged with third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense.

In September 2006, a woman told the Hagerstown Police Department that she had been sexually assaulted several years previously, when she was 14, according to Washington County District Court documents.

The man had sexual intercourse numerous times with her inside the home she shared with her mother, documents allege. She became pregnant during that period and gave birth in March 1992, according to documents.

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In November 2006, police interviewed Sanon.

He admitted that he had sexual intercourse with the girl, but said he didn't know she was so young because she already was a mother and was living with her child at the time, police alleged in charging documents.

The woman termed the first sexual contact with the man rape, and said he forced her to have sex with him, according to documents. He characterized the relationship as consensual.

DNA analysis proved the man fathered the child born in March 1992, according to documents.

Conviction on a charge of third-degree sex offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.




Man involved in hit-and-run held on bail



A man who was involved in a hit-and-run accident in a vehicle traced to a woman found bleeding in a Knoxville home was in Washington County District Court Tuesday for a bail review.

Richard Barry Cannon Jr., 35, formerly of Hoffmaster Road in Knoxville, was being held Tuesday afternoon at the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bail, a deputy said.

Cannon's estranged wife, Mendin Merritt Cannon, 34, was found bleeding from serious upper-body injuries on the second floor of her home in the 900 block of Hoffmaster Road after a citizen reported seeing a collision on April 4 between two vehicles on Sandy Hook Road.

Police who pulled over the vehicle observed blood on Cannon's clothing that seemed inconsistent with the damage to the vehicle, and they traced the vehicle to his estranged wife, according to court documents.

A 22-month-old child was found in the house unharmed and placed in the care of the Washington County Department of Social Services. Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Russell Newell said the Cannons are the child's parents.

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