Kent man charged with 2 counts of rape

Kent County News - - NEWS - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — A Kent County man who is ac­cused of rap­ing two women within the span of six months is be­ing held with­out bail fol­low­ing his ar­rest Sept. 27 on a 12-count grand jury in­dict­ment.

Mark Charles Blaze­jak, 21, of Galena is charged with one count of fourth-de­gree sex of­fense; two counts each of sec­ond-de­gree rape, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and false im­pris­on­ment; and three counts of third-de­gree sex of­fense.

Mary­land

State Po­lice ar­rested Blaze­jak.

Fol­low­ing an ini­tial court ap­pear­ance and bail re­view, Blaze­jak was “booked in” to the Kent County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on Sept. 27, War­den Her­bert Dennis con­firmed the fol­low­ing day. Dennis would not say if Blaze­jak still is de­tained in the county lockup.

Jamie Dykes, the in­terim state’s at­tor­ney for Wi­comico County, has been ap­pointed as special pros­e­cu­tor be­cause Blaze­jak’s fa­ther is a lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

“We de­ter­mined that our of­fice han­dling the case would cre­ate a con­flict of in­ter­est, or at least the ap­pear­ance of one,” G. Robert Mow­ell, Kent County’s in­terim state’s at­tor­ney, wrote in an email Mon­day.

It is likely that Blaze­jak will be pros­e­cuted lo­cally be­cause the of­fenses are al­leged to have oc­curred in Kent County, but the Of­fice of the Wi­comico County State’s At­tor­ney or the court has the dis­cre­tion to change that.

“I am not in­volved in any of those de­ci­sions,” Mow­ell said in the email.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Mary­land State Po­lice, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Au­gust when a woman re­ported that she had been raped by Blaze­jak.

Other women who were in­ter­viewed as part of the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion told po­lice they had been sex­u­ally as­saulted, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

A sec­ond woman told po­lice that Blaze­jak raped her in March, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal in­dict­ment.

Po­lice said Blaze­jak is a sus­pect in the sex­ual as­sault of a third woman, but he has not been charged in that case.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.

Any­one who has in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the state po­lice’s Cen­tre­ville bar­rack at 410-758-1101.

MARK BLAZE­JAK

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