Man ac­cused of sex­ual abuse on trial for charges

Re­port­edly abused mi­nor girl over years

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @An­drew_IndyNews

A jury trial for a man ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing an un­der­aged girl un­der his care be­gan Mon­day in Charles County Cir­cuit Court.

Don­ald McCoy Stan­cell, 38, of New Car­roll­ton is con­test­ing the al­le­ga­tions that he had been sex­u­ally abus­ing a mi­nor un­der his su­per- vi­sion for mul­ti­ple years un­til she re­ported the abuse to school of­fi­cials and po­lice in Novem­ber 2015.

With Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge Amy Bra­gu­nier pre­sid­ing, as­sis­tant state’s at­tor­neys Sarah Free­man and Katrine Bakhtiary con­tin­ued to present their case as of press time Tues­day. Stan­cell is rep­re­sent- ed by de­fense at­tor­ney Thomas Mooney.

The vic­tim, now 18, tes­ti­fied that the abuse be­gan when she was about 14 years old and es­ca­lat- ed over time, ac­cord­ing to court pro­ceed­ings. She said she would have sex with Stan­cell in ex­change for var­i­ous priv­i­leges, and es­ti­mat- ed that they have had sex more than 50 times and de­scribed sev­eral lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing dif- fer­ent rooms at a shared res­i­dence and Stan­cell’s ve­hi­cle.

On Nov. 6, 2015, the girl re­ported the abuse to school of­fi­cials, prompt­ing de­tec­tives from the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to be­gin an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to pro­ceed­ings. Among some of the ev­i­dence col­lected by in­ves­ti­ga­tors are a sex­ual as­sault nurse ex­am­ina-

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tion kit, bed­ding, tow­els, un­der­wear, a de­sen­si­tizer spray and DNA swabs taken from Stan­cell and the girl’s boyfriend.

The girl’s mother took the stand and tes­ti­fied that Stan­cell made what seemed like ad­mis­sions of guilt to her through in­nu­en­dos used through­out a se­ries of con­ver­sa­tions fol­low­ing Nov. 6. The mother tes­ti­fied that Stan­cell would “just talk in cir­cles” and said that “he found God, and that God had for­given him,” that he was the adult and “should have known bet­ter.”

On sev­eral oc­ca­sions she said he told her, “there’s more to the story than what you’re hear­ing” and that “she set me up.”

The trial was on­go­ing as of Tues­day morn­ing as the state con­tin­ued to call wit­nesses.

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