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Former Hagerstown woman charged with rape and sex abuse

May 25, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A former Hagerstown woman is being held without bond on charges that she allowed her boyfriend to have sex with a preteen child over a period of years, according to charging documents.

 Tina L. Smith, 41, is charged with first- and second-degree rape, first-, second- and third-degree sex offenses, sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct and sex abuse of a minor, Washington County District Court records said.

The incidents occurred between 1996 and 2004 while Smith lived in Hagerstown, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police.

At Smith’s bail hearing on Friday, Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen told Judge Ralph H. France II that Smith was “a serious flight risk” and had been living in Maine until recently.

The charging documents also named Smith’s boyfriend, but it could not be determined Friday whether a warrant had been issued for the man.

In February of this year, the alleged victim went to the Child Advocacy Center in Hagerstown for an interview in an investigation of Smith by Child Protective Services. During the interview, the  woman said she had been sexually assaulted by Smith’s boyfriend from 1996 to 2004, the documents said.

The woman told investigators the sexual assaults happened “every day” until the she was placed in foster care. Smith “told her to do it” and was often present during the incidents, the documents said.

The woman told investigators that the man also sexually assaulted another girl during the time period, the documents said.

A detective had contacted the man on May 10 and asked him to come in for an interview, “but he declined,” the documents said.

Hansen said during the bond review that Smith was taken into custody when she appeared in Washington County Circuit Court this week for a hearing on another matter.

Smith and the man lived at three or more different addresses in Hagerstown between 1996 and 2004, the documents said.

Smith is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 19, court records said.

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