On witness stand, teen IDs man charged with assaulting her a decade earlier

December 07, 2011|By DAN DEARTH |
  • Chad Hook
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HAGERSTOWN — A Hagerstown man accused of sexually assaulting a young girl almost a decade ago was identified by his alleged victim Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The girl, now a teenager, was called to testify in the trial of Chad M. Hook, 35, of 44 E. Washington St.

Hook is charged with second-degree rape, second- and third-degree sex offenses and sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, according to the statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police.

If convicted, Hook faces 80 years in prison, according to court documents.

Washington County Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson asked the girl on the witness stand if she had any doubt who raped her.

“Is it Chad (Hook)?” Wilson asked.

“Yes,” the girl replied.

Defense attorney Daniel Mahone said earlier evidence stated the girl told authorities the man who assaulted her had blue eyes.

He showed the girl a picture of Hook, then asked her to identify the color of his eyes.

“Are his eyes blue?” Mahone asked.

“No,” the girl answered.

The girl also testified that Hook touched her “inappropriately” on various parts of her body.

Police received a report April 29 that the alleged victim disclosed during therapy sessions that Hook sexually abused her between 2001 and 2003, according to charging documents. The girl said the assaults occurred in a home on Prospect Street in Hagerstown.

Hook was investigated in the 2003 death of his son, 3-year-old Christopher J. Hook. The child died of compression asphyxia when he became wedged under his father while they slept on a sofa in the Prospect Street home, The Herald-Mail reported.

As part of that investigation, police made inquiries to determine whether the girl and another male child in the house had been sexually abused, according to documents. A physical examination of those children revealed anal injuries.

Dr. Ruth Dwyer testified Tuesday for the prosecution. She said she examined the girl Oct. 2, 2003. The injuries to the girl, Dwyer said, were “highly suspicious for sexual abuse.”

Dwyer testified that the girl showed no signs of vaginal intercourse.

She said she asked the girl during the 2003 examination whether the girl was touched beneath her underwear. The girl said she had not been, Dwyer said, but “at that point, she shut down.”

Hook’s trial will resume at 9:30 a.m. today.

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