Man racks up 47 charges for al­leged sex­ual abuse

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

A 47-count in­dict­ment was filed against a Hunt­ing­town man Mon­day for re­cur­ring in­ci­dents from 2010 to 2014 where he al­legedly had sex­ual re­la­tions with a ju­ve­nile in both Calvert and Charles coun­ties.

Lionel O’Brian Lee, 32, was in­dicted on 47 charges, in­clud­ing the sex­ual abuse of a mi­nor, sec­ond-de­gree sex of- fense, third-de­gree sex of­fense and sec­ond-de­gree rape, on­line court records show.

On Nov. 3, Det. Long of the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice met with the 17-year-old vic­tim in ref­er­ence to a sex­ual child abuse com­plaint. Ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports, the vic­tim — who was 11 at the time the al­leged in­ci­dents started in 2010 — told Lee she had a dream they had sex­ual in­ter­course to­gether, prompt­ing Lee to re­port­edly ask if she want- ed to “try it.” The two al­legedly be­gan en­gag­ing in in­ter­course while her mother was at work.

Lee al­legedly started the sex­ual re­la­tion­ships by touch­ing her on the out­side of her clothes, which pro­gressed to his per­form­ing a sex act on her. Af­ter two months, Lee re­port­edly be­gan en­gag­ing in in­ter­course. The vic­tim re­called af­ter the first cou­ple times be­gin­ning to feel un­com­fort­able and turn­ing down the sex­ual ad­vances, pre­vi­ous re­ports show. When she re­sisted, Lee would al­legedly put a blan­ket over her face and force her to en­gage in in­ter­course.

The vic­tim told of­fi­cers she had sex with Lee on a reg­u­lar ba­sis un­til Lee moved to La Plata around Oc­to­ber 2014. She es­ti­mates re­port­edly en­gag­ing in in­ter­course with Lee be­tween 25 and 50 times in Calvert County. She also de­tailed ex­chang­ing al­leged texts of nude pho­to­graphs with Lee.

Lee was in­car­cer­ated at the de­ten­tion cen­ter, serv­ing a sen­tence for a sep­a­rate case be­fore author­i­ties were alerted to the al­leged crimes. As he was al­lowed to leave the de­ten­tion cen­ter for a work re­lease, he al­legedly be­gan tex­ting the vic­tim reg­u­larly. Af­ter the vic­tim’s boyfriend saw the text mes­sages on her phone and was in­formed of the sit­u­a­tion, he en­cour­aged her to alert author­i­ties.

Just be­fore mid­night Nov. 3, the vic­tim texted Lee ask­ing how he was and they en­gaged in a con­ver­sa­tion about their al­leged sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. In the con­ver­sa­tion, Lee al­legedly ad­mit­ted hav­ing sex with her “well over a cou­ple hun­dred times,” ac­cord­ing to the re­ports in Calvert and Charles coun­ties.

On Nov. 4, Long and Det. Rec­tor of the Calvert County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­sponded to the Calvert County De­ten­tion Cen­ter to make con­tact with Lee when he re­turned from work re­lease. They seized his phone pend­ing a search war­rant when he pulled into the park­ing lot.

Long spoke with Lee in a de­ten­tion cen­ter room, where he agreed to an­swer de­tec­tives’ ques­tions with­out an at­tor­ney present af­ter hear­ing his Mi­randa rights. In the in­ter­view, Lee al­legedly ad­mit­ted to tex­ting the vic­tim that morn­ing and en­gag­ing in sex­ual in­ter­course in Calvert County and La Plata.

Lee is sched­uled for an ini­tial ap­pear­ance Jan. 6 in cir­cuit court.

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