Cou­ple charged in dis­abled daugh­ter’s rape

Tigers vol­ley­ball avenges only loss from last year Wanted a surrogate child, po­lice say

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A mar­ried county cou­ple is fac­ing crim­i­nal charges af­ter the hus­band al­legedly raped his men­tally chal­lenged, adult step­daugh­ter while his wife — the mother of the al­leged vic­tim — watched, po­lice re­ported.

The al­leged vic­tim told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the sus-

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pects — Arthur Leslie Hick­man Jr., 52, and his wife, Judy Lynn Hick­man, 48 — wanted her to be a surrogate mother for them, po­lice said. Dur­ing sep­a­rate po­lice in­ter­views, po­lice added, Arthur and Judy Hick­man cor­rob­o­rated that as­ser­tion re­gard­ing their de­sire for her to be a surrogate mother for them.

“The vic­tim in this case is vul­ner­a­ble adult,” ex­plained Lt. Michael Holmes, a Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice spokesman, plac­ing the al­leged turn of events into proper con­text.

Ce­cil County District Court charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate that the rape oc­curred at a Ce­cil County res­i­dence at some point dur­ing a 20-month pe­riod, start­ing on Jan. 1, 2015, and end­ing on Sept. 7.

While hav­ing lunch to­gether, the al­leged vic­tim made her al­le­ga­tions to a con­fi­dante, who, in turn, con­tacted au­thor­i­ties, po­lice said. That trig­gered a CCSO in­ves­ti­ga­tion that started Thurs­day, po­lice added.

The al­leged vic­tim told the con­fi­dante that her mother and step­fa­ther had been “re­peat­edly ask­ing (her) to have their baby,” po­lice re­ported.

“(The al­leged vic­tim) stated in 2015 she was raped by Arthur while Judy watched,” court records al­lege.

In ad­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, the al­leged vic­tim told CCSO de­tec­tives that Arthur re­peat­edly asked her to watch porno­graphic videos, some of which had in­ces­tual over­tones.

Based on in­for­ma­tion sup­plied by the al­leged vic­tim and the con­fi­dante, in­ves­ti­ga­tors re­quested a signed search war­rant from Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge Keith A. Baynes, and he granted it to them about 3:30 p.m. Fri­day, po­lice re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors raided the sus­pects’ res­i­dence ap­prox­i­mately 5 p.m. Fri­day, where they con­fis­cated the lap­top in the ex­act spot in­di­cated by the al­leged vic­tim, po­lice added.

“Nu­mer­ous other items per­tain­ing to (the al­leged vic­tims) were seized, which will be fur­ther an­a­lyzed to ob­tain ad­di­tional ev­i­dence,” ac­cord­ing to court records.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested the

Hick­mans at another Ce­cil County res­i­dence about 4: 40 p. m. Fri­day, court records show.

Arthur Hick­man is charged with first- de­gree rape, sec­ond- de­gree rape, sec­ond- de­gree sex of­fense and sec­ond- de­gree as­sault while Judy Hick­man is fac­ing con­spir­acy counts mir- ror­ing those four of­fenses filed against her hus­band, ac­cord­ing to court records.

A district court com­mis­sioner re­leased the Hick­mans on per­sonal re­cog­ni­zance early Satur­day, court records show.

“This in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing,” Holmes said.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, Kelly Kee­ton, a Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools spokeswoman, con­firmed that Arthur Hick­man had worked for CCPS as a con­trac­tual, sub­sti­tute bus driver and then re­ported that he no longer is a bus driver for the school sys­tem.

“He is a sub­sti­tute driver em­ployed by one of the bus con­trac­tors. No, he is not driv­ing a bus,” she re­ported.

About two weeks ago, Hick­man was op­er­at­ing as a sub­sti­tute bus driver when he was in­volved in a col­li­sion at a Colora in­ter­sec­tion — in­jur­ing two stu- dents who had been on his bus and the driver of the other ve­hi­cle.

Hick­man was driv­ing Bus No. 15 — which was car­ry­ing 17 stu­dents from Ris­ing Sun High School to their home bus stops — in the south­bound lane of Ja­cob Tome Me­mo­rial High­way shortly af­ter 3 p. m. Aug. 30, the sec­ond day of this aca­demic year, when a north­bound 1989 Ford F- 150 pickup truck at­tempted to make a left turn onto Lib­erty Grove Road, po­lice said.

When the turn­ing truck en­tered the south­bound lane, the bus crashed into the pas­sen­ger’s front side of the ve­hi­cle, po­lice added.

The pickup truck driver was flown by MSP he­li­copter to the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more af­ter suf­fer­ing undis­closed in­juries, po­lice re­ported. Am­bu­lances trans­ported the two in­jured stu­dents to an area hos­pi­tal, to be treated for non- life- threat­en­ing in­juries, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Hick­man de­clined med­i­cal treat­ment, po­lice re­ported.

Holmes em­pha­sized that Hick­man did not com­mit his al­leged of­fenses in this crim­i­nal case while func­tion­ing in any ca­pac­ity di­rectly or in­di­rectly re­lat­ing his sub­sti­tute, con­trac­tual bus driver job.

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