Man to serve up to 76 years for child sex abuse

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

An In­dian Head man who pleaded guilty to sex­u­ally abus­ing a 7-yearold girl was sen­tenced last Fri­day in Charles County Cir­cuit Court.

Hav­ing pled guilty to first-de­gree sex- ual of­fense, De­landre Bernard Rosier, 31, re­ceived a life sen­tence with all but 76 years sus­pended from Judge James West, court records show. As­sis­tant state’s at­tor­ney Sarah Free­man pros­e­cuted the case.

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 at- tempted 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 sec- ond-de­gree as­sault for an in­ci­dent in Septem­ber and ma­li­cious de­struc­tion of prop­erty in an un­re­lated in­ci­dent in Oc­to­ber, court records in­di­cate.

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 even­tu­ally tracked down and ar­rested Rosier at a residence in Fort Wash­ing­ton in May, and he pleaded guilty in Oc­to­ber.

If he is re­leased in the fu­ture, Rosier will be re­quired to reg­is­ter as a tier-III sex of­fender, a life­long reg­is­tra­tion.

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