Teen charged with sex as­sault, se­ries of bur­glar­ies

Be­ing held with­out bond in ju­ve­nile fa­cil­ity

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

A 16-year-old Nan­je­moy boy held with­out bond for al­legedly sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and at­tempt­ing to rape a woman in De­cem­ber re­cently had 10 un­re­lated, sep­a­rate bur­glary cases pend­ing against him trans­ferred into adult crim­i­nal ju­ris­dic­tion in Charles County Cir­cuit Court.

Terelle Shawan Car­roll ap­peared in court for a

waiver hear­ing ear­lier this month where Judge James West made his rul­ing af­ter hear­ing ar­gu­ments from pub­lic de­fender Michael Beach, who asked West to con­sider ju­ve­nile ju­ris­dic­tion for all 11 cases, and Charles County State’s At­tor­ney An­thony Cov­ing­ton (D), who re­quested Car­roll be charged as an adult.

De­spite the un­fa­vor­able rul­ing for the de­fense, Car­roll won a small vic­tory. With­out con­test from Cov­ing­ton, West al­lowed Car­roll to be housed at a ju­ve­nile pre-trial de­ten­tion cen­ter in Prince Ge­orge’s County, in­stead of the Charles County De­ten­tion Cen­ter where he had been since early March when DNA ev­i­dence found at the scene of the De­cem­ber sex­ual as­sault prompted an ar­rest war­rant, ac­cord­ing to court pro­ceed­ings.

On Dec. 29 around 8:02 p.m., of­fi­cers of the sher­iff’s of­fice re­sponded to a house on the 3400 block of Port Tobacco Road, about 2 miles from Car­roll’s listed ad­dress, for a re­ported bur­glary.

Upon ar­rival, po­lice made con­tact with the vic­tim who told them that she had been sex­u­ally as­saulted. She said that ear­lier in the evening she heard some­one knock on her front door, but she did not look to see who it was. Shortly af­ter that, she heard glass shat­ter. When she walked over to in­ves­ti­gate the noise, she was con­fronted by a hooded black man in her liv­ing room, who de­manded money, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing doc­u­ments.

Af­ter the vic­tim sur­ren­dered $50 in cash, “the sus­pect then threat­ened to shoot [her] un­less she per­formed fel­la­tio on him,” charg­ing doc­u­ments state. The vic­tim tried to run, but the man, be­lieved to be Car­roll, al­legedly knocked her to the ground.

The vic­tim told po­lice that she be­lieved he had a gun, although she could not clearly see it. Fear­ing for her life, the woman com­plied with her as­sailant’s de­mands.

“The sus­pect re­peat­edly told her he was armed and would kill her if she did not com­ply,” Det. John­son wrote in his re­port.

John­son also noted that he was in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of re­cent bur­glar­ies in the Nan­je­moy area and had de­vel­oped Car­roll as a sus­pect.

Court pro­ceed­ings re­vealed that Car­roll was the al­leged “ring­leader” for a se­ries of home bur­glar­ies and thefts from ve­hi­cles with two other ju­ve­niles who have al­ready pleaded guilty.

On Sept. 4 and 5, Car­roll and ac­com­plices al­legedly stole a lap­top, a cam­corder, and cell phone, court records show.

On Sept. 28, Car­roll al­legedly broke into a home and stole be­tween $1,000 to $10,000 worth of jew­elry, prop­erty and money.

On Sept. 28 and 29, Car­roll al­legedly stole a long­board, back­pack, sun­glasses, phone case, cloth­ing, first-aid kit, and other items.

On Oct. 9 and 10, Car­roll al­legedly broke into a home and stole a tablet com­puter, food, and other prop­erty, and un­law­fully en­tered mul­ti­ple cars.

On Oct. 17, Car­roll al­legedly broke into a home and stole be­tween $1,000 to $10,000 worth of firearms, am­mu­ni­tion, shoes and money. Another in­dict­ment al­leges that on the same day he broke into another home and stole elec­tron­ics, money and prop­erty val­ued be­tween $1,000 to $10,000.

On Oct. 20, Car­roll al­legedly broke into a home and stole video game con­soles, games and con­trollers, an iPod, and other prop­erty. Another in­dict­ment al­leges on the same day, he bro­ken into another home and stole a safe, jew­elry, a ta­ble and money.

On Nov. 6, de­tec­tives col­lected DNA from Car­roll as a sus­pect in a se­ries of bur­glar­ies in the Nan­je­moy area.

Some­time be­tween Nov. 27 and 29, Car­roll al­legedly stole prop­erty from sev­eral dif­fer­ent peo­ple, in­clud­ing money, medicine, an iPod, a cam­era, a knife, a flash­light, a back­pack and cloth­ing.

On Dec. 29, he al­legedly broke into the home in Nan­je­moy and sex­u­ally as­saulted and at­tempted to rape a woman. He was fi­nally ar­rested and held with­out bond in early March when foren­sic find­ings al­legedly con­nected his DNA to the crime scene.

Dur­ing the waiver hear­ing on June 8, Cov­ing­ton said that the sex­ual as­sault was pre­med­i­tated, re­fer­ring to a state­ment he gave to a de­tec­tive. Car­roll saw the vic­tim in­side the house be­fore break­ing in, hooded and masked, Cov­ing­ton said.

Called by the de­fense, Dr. Eric Lane tes­ti­fied dur­ing the hear­ing that Car­roll was “hyper-sex­ual” and suf­fered from an “un­spe­cific de­pres­sive dis­or­der.” He said Car­roll demon­strated be­hav­ior of “mal­adap­tive cop­ing” by watch­ing an ex­ces­sive amount of pornog­ra­phy, some­times in the school bath­room, and smok­ing marijuana sev­eral times a day.

Lane rec­om­mended that Car­roll re­main in the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Depart­ment of Ju­ve­nile Ser­vices to re­ceive men­tal health treat­ment. There’s no ev­i­dence that Car­roll is im­mutable, Lane said, con­sid­er­ing that he has never had a treat­ment op­por­tu­nity.

“He’s 16; he’s a kid. He’s never had a chance to have ther­a­peu­tic ser­vices,” Beach ar­gued. “He’s not be­yond re­pair … He needs treat­ment for hyper-sex­u­al­ity and he’s not go­ing to get that at Divi­sion of Cor­rec­tions.”

Cov­ing­ton ar­gued that Car­roll posed a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to the com­mu­nity, as tests con­ducted by Lane in­di­cated.

“Why does the com­mu­nity have to take a risk?” Cov­ing­ton asked. “There’s plenty of treat­ment on the adult side,” adding that the al­leged sex­ual as­sault oc­curred af­ter Car­roll was aware he was a sus­pect in a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “That in­forms me about his im­mutabil­ity. I hope it does for you as well, your honor.”

“Ain’t no scare in this de­fen­dant,” he con­tin­ued. “That’s ter­ri­fy­ing to this com­mu­nity, ter­ri­fy­ing.”

Ul­ti­mately, West ruled to have all pend­ing cases trans­ferred to adult ju­ris­dic­tion, while Car­roll will re­main in cus­tody, held at a ju­ve­nile pre-trial de­ten­tion cen­ter.

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