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Man charged in teen girl's stabbing had been accused of molesting her

February 18, 2013|By DON AINES and DAN DEARTH | dona@herald-mail.com and dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Jenerette Bartholomew Dixon
Jenerette Bartholomew Dixon

A Hagerstown man charged with stabbing a girl in the chest Saturday afternoon is scheduled to be in Washington County Circuit Court next month to face charges that he molested the same girl last year, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson and Hagerstown Police Detective Shane Blankenship.

Jenerette Bartholomew Dixon, 38, of 340 N. Jonathan St., was charged with first-degree attempted murder and other offenses after the girl came out of the house Saturday afternoon with a knife stuck in her chest, police said. The incident occurred at about 4 p.m. and police, including a negotiator and SWAT team, surrounded the house.

Dixon emerged from the house and surrendered about 2 1/2 hours after the girl was stabbed.

Dixon is a convicted killer, according to Maryland criminal records. Dixon was convicted of second-degree murder in 2003 and sentenced to 25 years in prison, with 15 years suspended and five years of probation following his release, Baltimore City Circuit Court records show.

Court records indicate the date of the offense was Jan. 8, 2003, with Dixon entering his guilty plea Aug. 12, 2003. Because of the President’s Day holiday, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said information on when Dixon was released from state prison was not available Monday.

Dixon was charged Oct. 2 with sex abuse of a minor — which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison — as well as fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault and was issued a summons to appear in District Court for a hearing Wednesday, court records show. However, the State’s Attorney’s Office filed a criminal information in the case in December, which automatically forwarded it to circuit court, Wilson said.

Dixon is scheduled for a motions hearing in circuit court March 18, followed by another court appearance March 21, according to court records.

A report was filed Sept. 27 with Child Protective Services alleging that Dixon had inappropriate contact with a minor teenage girl. The girl told investigators that a drunken Dixon came into her bedroom one night over the Labor Day weekend and tried to molest her, according to the charging document filed by Hagerstown Police. She told police it was the only incident in which Dixon tried to touch her, the document said.

Dixon was interviewed by police at headquarters Sept. 28, but was not arrested at that time, the charging document said.

Blankenship was the lead negotiator during Saturday’s standoff.

He said he didn’t know at the time he was called to the scene that he would be talking to Dixon. In October, Blankenship was the officer who applied for charges against Dixon in the sex abuse case. He said it is highly unusual for a negotiator to know the person on the other end.

Blankenship said Dixon appeared to be more “stressed out” than excited as the two talked on cellphones during the standoff.

“I think knowing him was extremely helpful,” Blankenship said.

When officers arrived, they found a “large chef knife” embedded in the victim’s chest, Blankenship said. She was taken to Meritus Medical Center east of Hagerstown, where doctors operated on her wound.

“I think she is expected to recover,” Blankenship said.

Blankenship said he wasn’t sure why Washington County District Court commissioners released Dixon — a convicted felon — after the sex abuse charges were filed in October.

Administrative Commissioner Timothy Haven could not be reached Monday because of the Presidents Day holiday.

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