Man gets 3 years for sex­ual re­la­tions with ju­ve­nile

Con­victed of charges in two coun­ties

Maryland Independent - - News - By AN­DREW CEPHAS acephas@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @CalRecANDREW

A 26-year-old Wal­dorf man was dealt three years of ac­tive in­car­cer­a­tion af­ter plead­ing guilty to third-de­gree sex of­fense and man­u­fac­tur­ing child pornog­ra­phy in Calvert County Cir­cuit Court Mon­day af­ter­noon for a Novem­ber in­ci­dent in which he recorded him­self via cell­phone hav­ing sex­ual re­la­tions with a teenager.

He was sen­tenced to 18 months of ac­tive in­car­cer­a­tion Aug. 31 for sim­i­lar ac­cu­sa­tions in Charles County.

Jamel Mau­rice Hooker was in­dicted on three counts of third-de­gree sex of­fense and sin­gle counts of child pornog­ra­phy film­ing sex act, child pornog­ra­phy so­licit sub­ject and the sex­ual so­lic­i­ta­tion of a mi­nor for the Nov. 25 in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

Au­thor­i­ties be­came aware of Hooker’s ac­tiv­i­ties Dec. 4 af­ter mak­ing con­tact with the 15-year-old vic­tim’s fa­ther at the Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice. With the fa­ther’s con­sent, the con­tents of the teenager’s phone were down­loaded, at which time sev­eral videos and pho­to­graphs that were porno­graphic in na­ture were ob­served, pre­vi­ous re­ports state. On Dec. 10, De­tec­tive Hawkins and De­tec­tive Quinn re­sponded to Leonard Hall Ju­nior Naval Academy to speak with the vic­tim in ref- er­ence to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The vic­tim said she was com­mu­ni­cat­ing with “a guy she met over In­sta­gram named J,” later iden­ti­fied as Hooker. She be­gan re­ceiv­ing mul­ti­ple con­tacts from peo­ple on kik, a so­cial me­dia ap­pli­ca­tion, re­quest­ing pho­tos and videos from her. Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports, she ad­mit­ted send­ing images and videos, some of which were porno­graphic in na­ture.

Af­ter be­ing con­tacted by Hooker to hang out one night, the vic­tim sent her ad­dress and met Hooker dur­ing the late night hours, court records de­tail. Hooker took the vic­tim to Ox­ford Way Shop­ping Cen­ter af­ter pick­ing her up in his 2013 Kia Op­tima. Parked in the shop­ping cen­ter, Hooker recorded him­self en­gaged in a sex­ual act with the vic­tim. The vic­tim was able to de­scribe what Hooker was wear­ing the night of the in­ci­dent.

Quinn ob­served mul­ti­ple videos in the vic­tim’s phone de­pict­ing the same out­fit the vic­tim de­scribed. Quinn went back to the scene of the in­ci­dent, at which time she found two used con­doms, along with other ev­i­dence. The vic­tim pro­vided au­thor­i­ties with a phone num­ber for “J,” re­sult­ing in Hooker be­ing iden­ti­fied as the owner, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments.

On Jan. 12, Quinn at- tempted to make con­tact with Hooker at his res­i­dence, but left her busi­ness card for some­one there af­ter be­ing no­ti­fied he was not home. Quinn re­ceived a phone call from Hooker’s fa­ther, ask­ing why she wanted to speak with him. Af­ter she told Hooker’s fa­ther she needed to speak with his son, he said he would pass on the mes­sage. Quinn heard no more from Hooker, so she con­tacted his fa­ther again. Hooker’s fa­ther said he told his son to call her and ex­plained he had a lawyer for a case in Charles County who would be con­tact­ing her, along with Hooker.

Quinn went to the vic­tim’s res­i­dence Feb. 3, pre­sented a pho­to­graphic lineup and asked the vic­tim to iden­tify “J.” The vic­tim iden­ti­fied Hooker in ap­prox­i­mately eight se­conds, ac­cord­ing to the re­ports. A search war­rant con­ducted at Hooker’s res­i­dence Feb. 12 led to the dis­cov­ery of the clothes pic­tured in the vic­tim’s phone, and Hooker’s DNA was col­lected as part of the war­rant.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Charles County case re­vealed a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Hooker and a ju­ve­nile. In this case, Hooker picked up a 14-year-old girl from school and took her to a nearby mo­tel where he had sex with her mul­ti­ple times. He then dropped her off near her mid­dle school, where she was con­fronted by a school re­source of­fi­cer and ad­min­is­tra­tor as she tried to sneak back into the build­ing. Dis­traught, the girl told them about Hooker and what she had been do­ing, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports.

In Charles, Hooker pled guilty to third-de­gree sex­ual of­fense in July and was sen­tenced to 10 years of in­car­cer- ation with all but 18 months sus­pended Aug. 31.

On Mon­day, Hooker pled guilty to third-de­gree sex of­fense and man­u­fac­tur­ing child pornog­ra­phy. Al­though Hooker’s sen­tence guide­lines were six months to three years and three months, Calvert County Deputy State’s At­tor­ney Kathryn Marsh re­quested a sen­tence above the guide­lines, whereas Del Lynch, pub­lic de­fender, re­quested an 18-month sen­tence at the Calvert County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

Hooker was given a Divi­sion of Cor­rec­tions sen­tence of 10 years with all but three years sus­pended. He will be on five years su­per­vised pro­ba­tion upon his re­lease and must reg­is­ter in the Tier II sex of­fender reg­istry.

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