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Bail doubled for Hagerstown man accused of molesting preteen girl

Henry Charles Walters is charged with second- and third-degree sex offenses and perverted practice

June 08, 2012

A judge in Washington County District Court Friday doubled the bail to $250,000 for a 69-year-old man accused of luring a preteen girl to his home to watch children’s videos and then molesting her.

Henry Charles Walters of Crossfield Road, Hagerstown, is charged with second- and third-degree sex offenses and perverted practice for an incident that allegedly took place at his home on Tuesday, according to the statement of probable cause filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

A second-degree sex offense conviction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, court records said.

The mother of the girl told a deputy on Tuesday that she allowed her daughter to watch a movie with a neighbor known to her as “Joe,” the charging documents said.

When the girl returned, she told siblings that the man had molested her, the documents said.

The girl told a deputy that she went over to the man’s house to watch “Spongebob Squarepants” and “Dora the Explorer,” the documents said.

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“In his trailer there were items attractive to children,” Deputy State’s Attorney Joseph Michael told District Judge Janice Rodnick Ambrose of Frederick County, who was sitting in Washington County during the bond review hearing.

The girl told investigators the man performed oral sex on her. The girl also pointed out the mobile home where the man lived, which had a truck parked outside registered to Walters, the documents said.

The girl was interviewed again on Wednesday at the Safe Place Child Advocacy Center. Walters was interviewed by investigators on Thursday and charged, the documents said.

Walters is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on June 27, court records said.

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