Man accused of sexual abuse on trial for charges
Reportedly abused minor girl over years
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.