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Man charged with sex offenses held on $1 million bond

December 07, 2010|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man is being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $1 million bond after being charged with a dozen offenses, including second-degree rape and a host of other violations.


Thomas Leroy Griffin Jr., 31, was charged Nov. 30 and had a bond hearing before District Court Judge Dana Moylan Wright on Friday.


The other charges against him include first-degree sex offense, and two counts each of second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault, according to district court records.


“No, your honor,” Griffin said over a closed-circuit television from the detention center when Wright asked him if he had anything to say that might give her reason to lower the bond.

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Griffin was being held without bail prior to Friday’s bond hearing. He was still in the detention center on Tuesday.


An officer in central booking at the detention center said it is unusual to see bonds set above half a million dollars. Earlier this year, bail was set at $600,000 for one suspected bank robber and $500,000 each for his two alleged accomplices, a published report said.


The sexual offenses against Griffin allegedly occurred between 2005 and August 2010, the application for statement of charges said.


A social worker at the Child Advocacy Center contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in August about a possible sexual abuse case involving a girl who was then 11 years old, the charging documents said. A sexual assault forensic examination was conducted on the girl, but there were no obvious signs of injury, the documents said.


A later examination showed some behavioral and physical symptoms “indicative to sexual abuse,” the documents said.


The girl’s father later took her to a physician for another examination, and he told investigators there was evidence of sexual abuse, the documents said.


In September, investigators collected evidence from a bedroom used by the girl for analysis at the Western Maryland Regional Crime Laboratory, the documents said. Samples of Griffin’s and the girl’s DNA were also collected for testing.


In November, a report from the lab stated that spermatozoa was found on bedding used by the girl and that the exhibits were being forwarded to another lab for DNA analysis.


Griffin is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 29, court records said.

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