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Bail lowered for Brunswick, Md. man accused of child sexual abuse

In lowering Jeffrey B. Mallery's bond, judge cited his lack of a criminal record during past 18 years

January 19, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Washington County District Court judge on Thursday lowered the bail for a Brunswick, Md., man accused of child sexual abuse from $300,000 to $200,000.

Jeffrey B. Mallery, 38, of 417 Brunswick St., was charged Tuesday by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with sex abuse of a minor, sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct and eight counts each of third- and fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, according to court records.

"This comes out of the blue .... My client is shocked at these allegations," Mallery's attorney, Richard Healy, told Judge Dana Moylan Wright during a bond-review hearing in Hagerstown. "He absolutely wants his day in court."

"I had nothing to do with this," Mallery told Wright via closed-circuit television from the Washington County Detention Center.

The girl — whom Assistant State's Attorney Mark Boyer said was 11 and 12 years old at the time of the allegations — was interviewed by investigators at the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center in Hagerstown on Dec. 1, 2011, according to the application for statement of charges.

The girl alleged eight incidents in which Mallery touched her inappropriately in 2010-11, the charging documents said.

Mallery and his family lived at a Rohrersville address in Washington County at the time. The girl told investigators there were another three incidents in Brunswick that are being investigated in Frederick County, the documents said.

The girl's mother told investigators that her daughter knew Mallery's daughter, the documents said.

Most of the allegations involved touching outside the girl's clothing, Healy said in asking that Mallery's bond be lowered.

In lowering the bond, Wright said she took into account Mallery's lack of a criminal record during the past 18 years.

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