Bond set for Hagerstown man accused of raping preteen girl in August

October 26, 2012
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A Washington County Circuit Court judge on Friday set bond at $50,000 for a Hagerstown man accused of raping a preteen girl in August, although he remains held without bond on more serious related charges.

Ryan Kleckner, 30, of 10806 Rosewood Drive, was in Washington County Circuit Court Friday for a bond hearing on charges of felony second-degree sex offense and misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure and second-degree assault. A county grand jury indicted Kleckner on the charges on Oct. 19, court records said.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. set Kleckner’s bond on the charges at $50,000 and scheduled his initial appearance in court for Nov. 8, court records said.

Kleckner has been held in the county detention center without bond since August, when he was charged with first- and second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said after the hearing that the charges against Kleckner in the indictment were not new, but had been filed incorrectly in August. The allegations of second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and indecent exposure for which he was indicted occurred on a different day and at a different location than the rape, although they involved the same girl.

The girl alleged to investigators that Kleckner raped her in the basement of his home on Aug. 23, charging documents said. He also threatened to kill the girl and her mother if she told anyone, the documents said.

The girl also told investigators that Kleckner sexually assaulted her outside of her school on Aug. 22, charging documents said.

Wilson asked the court to set bond at $50,000, noting the seriousness of the charges and age of the alleged victim. Kleckner has ties to Georgia and is a possible flight risk, he told Long.

Kleckner has no convictions for violent crimes, has two children in need of care and held a job at The Herald-Mail, Assistant Public Defender Catherine Pugh told Long. She asked bond be set at $25,000.

Kleckner was out on bail at the time of the alleged sexual assault on the girl. Hagerstown police had charged him with breaking into his former apartment on Fairchild Avenue.

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