Grand jury indictment for rape, kidnapping
CHESTERTOWN — A Queen Anne’s County man has been charged with sexually assaulting a Chestertown woman and afterward kidnapping her son.
Brian Keith Neal, 42, who has a Chestertown area address, was arrested on a circuit court warrant Sept. 27 after a Kent County grand jury handed down an indictment. The charges against Neal include second-degree rape, second-degree assault, home invasion, burglary and kidnapping.
He is being held without bail.
The woman reported to police that Neal raped her in her home Sunday, Sept. 16.
She told police that Neal came to her home uninvited shortly before 6 p.m. and banged loudly on the door demanding to speak to the woman. Neal gained entrance into the residence after the woman’s middle school-age son opened the door, according to court documents.
The woman told police that Neal sexually assaulted her and bit her. Her son was in an adjoining room when the alleged attack occurred, according to court records.
After allegedly assaulting the woman, Neal allegedly took the woman’s son with him when he left her home.
On Sept. 18, the woman was granted an interim protective order barring Neal from having any contact with her, to stay away from her son’s school and not to enter her residence.
The following day, the court granted a final order that Neal have no contact with the woman, that he not enter her residence and that he surrender any firearms.
Neal was initially arrested Sept. 20 when Chestertown police served him with a district court warrant charging him with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex of- fense.
Following a bail/bond review Sept. 21 in the District Court for Kent County, Neal was detained on $20,000 unsecured personal bond, according to online court records.
He was released Sept. 25 after posting bond.
The grand jury indictment was returned Sept. 26.
The indictment automatically forwards the case to circuit court, where Neal has a pre-trial conference set for Nov. 30.
G. Robert Mowell, the interim state’s attorney for Kent County, said the district court charges against Neal will be dismissed.