Hagerstown man faces more rape charges

October 10, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man charged with kidnapping and rape in a May 10 incident in which an 11-year-old girl was taken from her bedroom has been charged with rape in two other cases.

James Ellis Hackey, 39, is charged with 54 counts of assault, rape and other sexual offenses stemming from encounters with two women in their homes and the May 10 incident.

Police served Hackey with the indictment Friday at the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held without bond.

Police allege Hackney broke into homes on Manor Drive and Kelly's Lane, where he raped the women. The women are named in the indictment, but The Herald-Mail does not publish the names of sexual assault victims.

Hackney was charged with first-degree rape and several lesser charges in all three cases.

The Hagerstown Police Department detective who was investigating the Oct. 4, 2006, Manor Drive rape developed Hackey as a suspect in the incident after he was stopped by patrol officers on Peeping Tom violations, Lt. Mike King of the Hagerstown Police Department said.


As soon as the June 5 rape on Kelly's Lane was reported, investigators believed it was related to the other incidents, Investigator Greg Alton of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

The suspect's description and demeanor were similar in both cases, Alton said.

Hackey also faces breaking and entering charges and theft charges in a May 7 incident in which old coins, a camcorder, digital camera, wedding ring, power drill and other items were taken from an apartment on Downsville Pike, according to the indictment.

The investigation has been ongoing since May 11, Alton said.

Alton credited the combined efforts of the sheriff's department, Hagerstown Police Department, Maryland State Police, FBI and Western Maryland Crime Lab for the indictment.

Conviction on a charge of first-degree rape carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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