In­dian Head man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

Faces max­i­mum sen­tence of life im­pris­on­ment

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @An­drew_ IndyNews

An In­dian Head man ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing a 7- year- old girl pleaded guilty on Mon­day in Charles County Cir­cuit Court, and now awaits sen­tenc­ing.

Held with­out bond since his ap­pre­hen­sion in May, De­landre Bernard Rosier, 30, pleaded guilty to first- de­gree sex­ual of­fense, a charge which charges a max­i­mum penalty of life im­pris­on­ment. Pros­e­cu­tors say there was no agree­ment on the sen­tence they will seek.

On Nov. 11, 2015, deputies with the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to a home in Pom­fret for a report of sex­ual child abuse after the vic­tim told fam­ily mem­bers Rosier had sex­u­ally abused her, charg­ing doc­u­ments state. Rosier was still at the res­i­dence when po­lice ar­rived, but was able to es­cape on foot. Of­fi­cers at­tempted to track him us­ing a K- 9, but they were un­able to lo­cate him.

At the time, Rosier was also wanted on a war­rant for three counts of se­cond- de­gree as­sault for an in­ci­dent in Septem­ber and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty in an un­re­lated in­ci­dent in Oc­to­ber, court records show.

The vic­tim was taken to the Cen­ter for Chil­dren for a foren­sic interview and spoke with de­tec­tives after­wards. She told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Rosier had al­legedly sex­u­ally abused her about 10 other times be­fore the Nov. 11 in­ci­dent, but she had not told any­one, court records in­di­cate. Re­sults from a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion cor­rob­o­rated the ac­count the vic­tim gave to de­tec­tives and another ar­rest war­rant was is­sued on Dec. 2.

Po­lice con­tin­ued to search for the wanted man and asked for the pub­lic’s help in lo­cat­ing him in the fol­low­ing months.

De­tec­tives tracked down and ar­rested Rosier at a res­i­dence in Fort Wash­ing­ton on May 12.

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing has been sched­uled for Dec. 20.

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