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Hagerstown pool lifeguard charged in sex assault

November 08, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - A man who worked as a lifeguard over the summer at the city-owned Claude M. Potterfield Pool in Hagerstown has been charged with second-degree rape in connection with an alleged incident that involved one of his teenage co-workers last August, according to court documents. Adam E. Deiseroth, 20, of Winchester, Va., also has been charged with one count each of second-degree assault, second-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense. The alleged assault involving a female minor is said to have occurred Aug. 8 at Bradford Apartments off Dual Highway, where Deiseroth was living at the time, court documents show. Deiseroth is to be arraigned Nov. 20 in Washington County Circuit Court. According to court documents, the girl and her friends went to Deiseroth's Manor Drive apartment on the evening of Aug. 7. She chose to stay after her friends left because she had been drinking alcohol and was afraid to go home, documents say. Early on Aug. 8, the girl went to the bathroom and, upon her return, took a sip of beer that "Deiseroth offered her," documents allege. The girl "was again sitting on the couch with Deiseroth, but claimed not to be close to him ... Deiseroth then picked her up and dragged her on top of him while laying on the couch. (The girl) said she had started to feel 'out of it' from drinking and that she couldn't move, but that she never passed out," according to allegations in court documents. The girl said in court documents that Deiseroth was too big to fight off and that she was "bawling her eyes out" and although she never told Deiseroth to stop he "had to see she wasn't enjoying it." Later, when he went to another room, the girl gathered her shoes and purse and fled the apartment, after which she called a friend for a ride home, court documents say. When she was examined later at Washington County Hospital she was "found to have injuries, specifically bruising and abrasions" to her genitals, documents allege. According to Deiseroth's pretrial release determination, he was ordered, among other things, to have no contact with the victim and to post a bail bond in the amount of $50,000. Deiseroth's attorney, James P. DeLorenzo of Frederick, Md., declined to comment Friday but said he would be willing to discuss the case as it progresses. Conviction on all of the charges listed would carry a sentence of more than 50 years in prison and $3,500 in fines, documents show. Hagerstown City Police conducted the criminal investigation. City of Hagerstown Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said Friday the city was conducting a personnel investigation into the matter. He declined to comment on Deiseroth's job status at the pool after the charges were filed. "At this point, I'm not able to address the personnel matters," Zimmerman said. He said the parents of some pool employees registered complaints with city officials about the incident. "That's what we're addressing on the personnel side," Zimmerman said. "... We can certainly investigate their complaints. We have done that ... We're not sitting idle on this."

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