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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - Students and parents whose Maryland high school has been dragged into the national immigration debate declined to comment about an alleged rape case involving a 14-year-old girl and a suspect authorities say came to the U.S. illegally from Central America.

Thursday evening in the parking lot of Rockville High School, one mother would only point to a sign of red plastic cups in a ballpark fence that read "Rockville Strong."


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A Maryland appeals court has reversed a man's rape conviction four days after he was found beaten to death in a state prison cell.

The Court of Special Appeals issued the ruling Wednesday in the case of 69-year-old Roger Lee Largent. Maryland's second-highest court found that Largent's jury conviction last year for second-degree rape was based on the testimony of a nurse who gave an unqualified expert opinion that a woman can be raped but show no physical signs of an assault.

Largent maintained the sex was consensual.

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The rape and abuse charges filed in a lawsuit against former Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips has been dismissed by the agreement of both parties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 20 year old Katelynn Dunlap claimed that the events took place just after she turned 18.

Kurt Heyman, the attorney for Phillips, told the paper that there was no admission of liability or payments.

When asked if this was a vindication for his client Heyman said people would have to draw their own conclusions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A new report says violent crime was up slightly and property crime decreased in Virginia in 2015.

According to the Virginia State Police report released Thursday, violent crime increased by less than 1 percent from the previous year. Violent crime includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Homicides alone increased from 337 to 382, an increase of 13.4 percent.

The property crime category includes burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. Those crimes were down a little more than 2 percent. 

Drug offenses were virtually unchanged.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An exonerated man who spent 33 years in prison in Virginia for a rape and murder he did not commit is returning to the state for the first time since his release to speak about his experiences.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports  60-year-old Keith Allen Harward, of Greensboro, North Carolina, will speak Tuesday at the newspaper's 65th Public Square.

Harward was released from prison last month after the Virginia Supreme Court agreed that DNA evidence proved he was innocent of the 1982 killing of a Newport News man and the rape of his wife.

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A charge of attempted rape has been leveled against a 16 year male.

The incident occurred on March 14th when a 15 year female student in a home on Clear Lake Drive in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Wicomico County Sheriff’s office says the boy attempted to sexually assault her but that she was able to fend him off and escape the home.

The paper says the boy has been charges as an adult with counts that include attempt second-degree rape.

This the second rape case that has surface recently in Wicomico County involving minors.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's highest court says a man convicted of rape and murder more than three decades ago is innocent and should be released from prison.

The Virginia Supreme Court granted Keith Allen Harward's petition for a writ of actual innocence on Thursday after new DNA tests failed to identify Harward's genetic profile in sperm left at the crime scene. Harward received a life sentence for the 1982 killing of Jesse Perron and the rape of his wife.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A former high school teacher and wrestling coach who is facing child sex abuse charges has agreed to enter a guilty plea in Delaware.

A Kent County judge scheduled a plea hearing Friday for Richard "Dickie" Howell II.

Howell was arrested in January 2015 after a female student at Caesar Rodney High School reported that he had sex with her over several months in 2014 that included encounters at school and his home.

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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore could be pulling the honorary degree given to actor Bill Cosby.

University President Juliette Bell issued a statement saying that was an option.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a number of universities and colleges have taken back their honorary awards in the wake of the claims by around 60 women who claim they were raped by the 76-year old entertainer over the years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed budget includes $1.3 million in restitution for a man who spent 29 years in prison for an attempted rape that officials say he didn't commit.

McAuliffe pardoned Michael Kenneth McAlister in March after another man confessed to the abduction and attempted rape of a woman in 1986.

The compensation is part of McAuliffe's $109 billion budget proposal and must be approved by the General Assembly.

McAlister said Friday that the proposed compensation is more than he had expected.

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JARRATT, Va. (AP) - A convicted serial killer who faced the death penalty in two states has become the first inmate to be executed in nearly three years in Virginia.

Alfredo Prieto was pronounced dead at 9:17 p.m. Thursday at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt.

Virginia has long been among the most prolific death penalty states, but had not put an inmate to death since January 2013 before this week.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.

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The former Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has pleaded to 4th degree rape after being charged with having sex involving a 15 year old boy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the judge told her she would face up to 15 years in prison.

The 48-year old Shattuck was indicted on a number of charges including third-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

The paper reports that she began the affair last summer through Instagram. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are far from consensus on legislation dealing with sexual assault on college and university campuses.

That was apparent at the end of a two-hour hearing Thursday by a Senate subcommittee wrestling with the issue.

The panel considered 10 bills, but was unable to reach any conclusions.

The flurry of legislation was spurred by several recent high-profile cases of alleged sex crimes on Virginia campuses.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A national sorority advocacy group says the University of Virginia's suspension of Greek activities isn't the answer to resolving sexual assault and student safety issues.

The National Panhellenic Conference said Tuesday that it supports U.Va.'s plan to review the university's culture and practices and wants to be involved in addressing the issues. But the council says the suspension of sorority activities should be lifted.

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18-year old Jocori Scarborough was convicted yesterday on all five counts involving the alleged rape of a 15 year old student on the campus of Parkside High School earlier this year.

In addition to second-degree rape a Wicomico County jury convicted him of false imprisonment, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and threatening a student.

On Monday the victim, a student from Wicomico High School who took a class at Parkside High, testified that he forced her to have sex with him.

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James Cooke Jr. was given the date of December 4th for his execution in the 2005 rape and murder of Lindsay Bonistall.

But that date is expected to be delayed as Cooke pursues his appeals.

During the proceedings yesterday Superior Court Judge William Carpenter read out a brief statement yesterday informing Cooke of the date after the Delaware Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence.

Outside the courtroom Cooke’s attorney told reporters that he expects that his client will file a motion claiming that he had ineffective counsel.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The University System of Maryland is updating policies on sexual misconduct, including assault and harassment, as the issue of rape on campus receives greater scrutiny from the federal government.

A Board of Regents committee is considering changes such as barring schools from requiring mediation between an alleged victim and the accused. Draft revisions also include an expanded definition of consent, and new definitions of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.


A bond has been set again for 17-year old Jocori Scarborough who is charged with the alleged rape of a fellow 15 year old student at the Parkside High School.

Now it is higher at $250-thousand.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that if released he will be required to stay at his home in Delmar and can only leave to meet with his defense counsel.

In addition, Scarborough will not be allowed on the Parkside High campus or have any contact with the alleged victim.

The alleged rape is to have occurred in the hallway of the school on May 5th. 


Bond has been revoked for Jocori Scarborough the 17 year old who is charged with raping a 15 year old fellow student at Parkside High School.

He was taken into custody yesterday after Judge Daniel Mumford said he had just become aware of separate weapons possession charges by prosecutors against the teenager.

Scarborough was originally out on a $100-thousand bond stemming from the rape case.

In addition, he was also out on a $50-thousand bond for the weapons charges.


The student suspected in the rape of a 15 year old female student at Parkside High School in Salisbury now faces a gun possession charge.

17-year old Jocori Scarborough is charged with possessing a firearm by a minor.

It comes in connection with evidence found during a search conducted at his home in Delmar.

The Salisbury Daily Times now reports that Scarborough was taken into custody yesterday and was held on $50-thousand bond.

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Authorities say a school surveillance camera caught a 17 year old rape suspect grabbing a 15 year old female student in a hall at Parkside High School in Salisbury on Monday.

Sgt. David Owens with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says the suspect then forced the victim into an area that was not under surveillance and where he allegedly raped the young woman. 

Jocori Scarborough has been charged with first degree rape and assault among other charges…and is currently out on a $100-thousand bail.


17-year old Jocori Scarborough is out on bail after being charged with rape and assault counts involving a 15-year old student on the campus of Parkside High School in Salisbury.

Scarborough also a student at the school is being charged as an adult.

WBOC reports that he was released yesterday on a $100-thousand bond.  

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s office says that the incident occurred on Monday at around 8 a.m after classes had already gotten underway.

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Maryland police have arrested a 17-year old student Jocori Scarborough for allegedly raping a 15 year old female student at Parkside High School in Salisbury.

Authorities say he has been charged as an adult with a series of first and second degree rape as well as other counts.

WBOC reports that the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says the alleged attack occurred yesterday.

Scarborough was taken into custody today and is being held on a $100-thousand bail.

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There will be no public disclosure of medical or financial documents in the sexual assault case brought against Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips by Katelynn Dunlap who is seeking unspecified damages.

The judge in the case has ordered her attorneys to keep those confidential including one that shows he was a crime victim.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's public defender's office is seriously considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in two cases involving rape convictions where DNA analysts' reports were used but the analysts themselves never testified.

Delmarva Today 8-24-12

Aug 24, 2012
Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, PAC 14

"Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption" recounts the 1984 rape case that sent Ronald Cotton to prison after mistakenly being identified by Jennifer Thompson.


Authors Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson.