Kent County man’s rape tri­als moved to Anne Arun­del

Kent County News - - NEWS - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­[email protected]­coun­

CENTREVILLE — A third woman has come for­ward to ac­cuse a 21-yearold Galena man of sex­ual as­sault.

An in­dict­ment was filed Dec. 6 charg­ing Mark Charles Blaze­jak with sec­ond-de­gree rape, sec­ond­de­gree as­sault, fourth-de­gree sex of­fense and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment.

The of­fenses are al­leged to have oc­curred in Queen Anne’s County in late July, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records.

Blaze­jak has been in the cus­tody of the Kent County De­ten­tion Cen­ter since Sept. 26 when he was ar­rested on a war­rant charg­ing him with two counts each of sec­ond-de­gree rape, sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, false im­pris­on­ment and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. He also is charged with third- and fourthde­gree sex of­fenses.

There are two al­leged vic­tims. These of­fenses are al­leged to have oc­curred in Kent County.

Blaze­jak was in the Cir­cuit Court for Kent County on Nov. 30 for an hour-long mo­tions hear­ing.

De­fense at­tor­neys Thomas Ma­ron­ick and Caro­line Al­varez asked the court for a change of venue due to the “sub­stan­tial amount of pub­lic­ity” the case had re­ceived.

Vis­it­ing Judge Philip T. Ca­room granted the mo­tion. The tri­als will be con­ducted in Anne Arun­del County, but all hear­ings and court busi­ness lead­ing up to that will con­tinue to be heard in Kent County.

Due to a crowded court cal­en­dar, the first open date for a jury trial in Anne Arun­del is not un­til July. This would be in vi­o­la­tion of Blaze­jak’s con­sti­tu­tional right to a speedy trial, which is 180 days from his ini­tial ap­pear­ance.

Blaze­jak in open court vol­un­tar­ily waived what is com­monly called the Hicks rule. He stood at the de­fense ta­ble with his at­tor­neys.

Two sep­a­rate tri­als have been sched­uled, July 8-12 and Aug. 1923.

The judge has not ruled on a de­fense mo­tion to pro­hibit all par­ties from speak­ing to the me­dia.

The Of­fice of the Wi­comico County State’s At­tor­ney is pros­e­cut­ing the case be­cause Blaze­jak’s fa­ther is a lo­cal law en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the Mary­land State Po­lice, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Au­gust when a woman re­ported that she had been raped by Blaze­jak.

Other women who were in­ter­viewed as part of the ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion told po­lice they had been sex­u­ally as­saulted, ac­cord­ing to the news re­lease.

A sec­ond woman told po­lice that Blaze­jak raped her in March, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal in­dict­ment.

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