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Sex offender accused of exposing himself at church, pool in Hagerstown

Marcel Percy Cox was charged with indecent exposure and being a registered sex offender entering a restricted property

August 15, 2013|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com
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A convicted sex offender was charged this week with exposing himself at a church and a community pool in Hagerstown, according to Washington County District Court records.

Marcel Percy Cox, 43, of Olde Route 40, Hancock, was charged on Wednesday with indecent exposure and being a registered sex offender entering a restricted property, court records said.

Originally held without bond, Cox’s bail was lowered to $150,000 following a bond-review hearing Thursday in district court, the records said.

Court records also showed that he had been charged by summons with two other counts of indecent exposure in a separate incident.

In both cases, the charges stemmed from incidents that occurred on Sunday, records said.

Cox was found guilty in 1991 of attempted rape in Baltimore County Circuit Court, according to Maryland Judiciary Case Search.

He is a Tier III offender, meaning he must register for life, according to the Maryland Sex Offender Registry.

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On Monday, a girl told the officer that she was at the Memorial Recreation Center pool on West North Avenue on Sunday and saw a man known as “Percy” expose himself,  according to the statement of probable cause.

The man was wearing swim trunks, the charging documents said.

The girl’s mother told the officer she knew Percy was a sex offender and should not have been at the pool. The recreational center has a number of children’s programs, the documents said.

Under state law, a convicted sex offender “may not knowingly enter onto real property that is used for public or nonpublic elementary or secondary education; or on which is located: a registered Child Care Home or Child Care Institution.”

Cox, who was taken into custody on Wednesday, told police he did not expose himself accidentally or on purpose, the documents said.

Cox also told police he had attended the Zion Church on Jonathan Street on Sunday, the documents said.

He was then informed of a second set of charges involving different victims that was filed by summons, the documents said.

A girl who was at the church told police she saw a man in her pew expose himself, the documents said.

The girl who saw him at church also went to the pool with a friend later on Sunday, and they both saw him fondling himself, the documents said.

The girl knew the man went by the name Percy and told her mother. The mother called police and the girl identified Cox from among photos of convicted sex offenders, the documents said.

The three counts of indecent exposure each carry three-year maximum sentences, under state law. The maximum sentence for a sex offender entering a restricted property is five years.

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