Man held with­out bond af­ter al­leged rape

Third time de­fen­dant has faced sim­i­lar charges in MD

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­

A reg­is­tered sex-of­fender was ar­rested on Mon­day af­ter al­legedly rap­ing a woman ear­lier that day. The man met the vic­tim at the park and ride on Small­wood Drive, con- vinced her to fol­low him, and led her to a se­cluded trail in the woods be­fore he al­legedly at­tacked.

Ed­ward Eu­gene Coates, 36, of Mar­bury was held with­out bond af­ter bail re­view on Wed­nes­day. This is the third rape al­le­ga­tion Coates has faced in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to court records. At age 16, he was charged with sec­ond-de­gree rape in Calvert

County in 1996, and again in Charles County in 2007.

Ini­tially charged as an adult, in March 1997, his case was trans­ferred to ju­ve­nile court, and the out­come of that case is con­fi­den­tial, ac­cord­ing to a court clerk.

In the 2007 case, he pled down to a third-de­gree sex of­fense which re­sulted in a three year sen­tence, all of the sen­tence sus­pended but 303 days.

He was re­leased shortly af­ter be­ing sen­tenced by Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge Amy Bra­gu­nier, who gave him 303 days credit for time served and or­dered him to re­port to pa­role and pro­ba­tion within 48 hours, to re­side only with his mother at the ad­dress on record, and to take his pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion, court records in­di­cate.

Coates told de­tec­tives he is “schiz­o­phrenic, bi-po­lar and is on med­i­ca­tions to pre­vent him from think­ing about ‘sex,’” charg­ing doc­u­ments state.

The vic­tim had seen Coates sev­eral times at the bus stop be­fore April 18. The two would ex­change “hel- los” as they passed by, but never had a con­ver­sa­tion.

Around 4:02 p.m. on Mon­day, the re­ported vic­tim called the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to re­port the rape. An of­fi­cer ap­pre­hended Coates in the area shortly there­after and the vic­tim pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied him as her as­sailant, po­lice records show.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, af­ter talk­ing with Coates at the park and ride, she agreed to fol­low him to his house to hang out. Coates told de­tec­tives he had bought K-2, a syn­thetic mar­i­juana, from some­one at the park and ride and the two left to­gether, court records in­di­cate.

Coates led her down a trail in a wooded area, the vic­tim said, and be­gan mak­ing sex­ual com­ments which made her un­com­fort­able, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. He then re­port­edly pulled out a metal nail file and de­manded to have sex with her. She be­gan fight­ing with him and started chok­ing him on the ground, but he was able to over­power her, the vic­tim told de­tec­tives. She said he also threat­ened that he had a gun.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, Coates told her that “he smoked a ‘dip­per,’ used heroin and smoked crack” ear- lier that day, the state­ment of charges in­di­cate.

Mon­day’s al­le­ga­tions are sim­i­lar to what the vic­tim from the 2007 in­ci­dent de­scribed.

On June 18, 2007, the woman was at the park and ride on Small­wood Drive when Coates ap­proached her and asked to use her cell phone. She al­lowed him to make a call, and af­ter­wards, he asked if she had a boyfriend and asked his name.

She told him, and he said he knew where her boyfriend was and con­vinced her to fol­low him.

Coates led the vic­tim to a se­cluded foot path in the woods and be­gan to at­tack her, grab­bing her by the neck and hold­ing up his fist as if to punch her.

The vic­tim com­plied in fear.

Af­ter­ward, she re­ported the in­ci­dent to po­lice and went to the hospi­tal where a sex­ual as­sault nurse ex­am­i­na­tion was con­ducted. The sam­ples taken from the vic­tim where sub­mit­ted to the Mary­land State Po­lice Crime Lab and re­sulted in a pos­i­tive match to the known DNA-pro­file of Coates, charg­ing doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

Coates charged with sec­ond-de­gree rape, though ul­ti­mately en­tered a plea for a third-de­gree sex of­fense.

In March, 2014, Charles County Crime Solvers of­fered a $1,000 re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the where­abouts of Coates who was wanted on a war­rant for vi­o­lat­ing pro­ba­tion. He was ap­pre­hended a few days later af­ter po­lice re­ceived a tip from some­one who spot­ted him in Calvert County.

Now in cus­tody, held with­out bond, Coates awaits a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing sched­uled for May 18, per court records.

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