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Smithsburg man held on bond after being charged with molesting boy

William Franklin Beard Jr. is charged with third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses, sex abuse of a minor and second-degree assault

June 09, 2011

A Smithsburg man was being held on $100,000 bond after being charged in May with sexually molesting a boy.

William Franklin Beard Jr., 72, of 20825 Jefferson Boulevard is charged with third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses, sex abuse of a minor and second-degree assault, the statement of charges said. He appeared in Washington County District Court earlier this week for a bond hearing.

The boy told investigators that a man he knew as "Billy" had touched his genitals while helping his mother move to a new residence, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The incident occurred around May 7, the charging documents said.

Beard was interviewed by an investigator on May 20. He was taken to Meritus Medical Center for an emergency evaluation following the interview, the documents said.

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