Man held without bond after alleged rape
Third time defendant has faced similar charges in MD
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.