Bail remains at $1 million for Boonsboro man charged with sexual molestation

March 25, 2013|By DON AINES |
  • Richard Lee Magaha
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A Boonsboro area man was being held on $1 million bond after being charged with sexually molesting a girl over a period of years.

Richard Lee Magaha, 42, who lives on Sharpsburg Pike, was charged with sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years, and sex abuse of a minor, an offense with a 25-year maximum sentence.

District Judge Ralph H. France II declined to lower Magaha’s bail during a Monday bond review hearing in Washington County District Court. Magaha was on a closed circuit television link from the county detention center.

Magaha is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 17.

The girl, now a teenager, was interviewed by a Child Protective Service investigator Friday, according to the statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. She told the investigator the alleged abuse had begun in about 2003 and continued up to late February or early March of 2013, the charging document said.

Most of the alleged acts of sexual abuse took place in Magaha’s house, but the girl said he had also taken her to hotel rooms in West Virginia and had tried to pay her after having intercourse, the charging document said.

Magaha would also take the girl on drives and touch her inappropriately, the charging document said.

Magaha had no previous record of sexual crimes, Assistant State’s Attorney Leon Debes told France. However, he asked the bond not be reduced due to the “heinous act” for which Magaha was charged.

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