Grand jury in­dict­ment for rape, kid­nap­ping

Kent County News - - OPINION - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­

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.

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