A homeless man was being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center Thursday after being charged with first-degree rape.
Justin Allan James, 25, who has an Aberdeen mailing address but said he was homeless, allegedly produced a knife, held the victim against her will and raped her the night of July 7 as well as the next day, July 8, Assistant State's Attorney Cameron Legg told District Court Judge Victor Butanis Thursday afternoon during a bail review hearing. James is charged with false imprisonment, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree rape.
Butanis upheld the initial no bail status after hearing from Legg and Public Defender Timothy Bahr.
Legg asked that James to continue to be held without bail for the protection of the victim and community.
In James' defense, Bahr said, the charges are just allegations and James is entitled to a reasonable bail, adding James has lived 13 years in Harford County and his entire life in Maryland.
James was also supposed to start college through the online school University of Phoenix this semester, Bahr said.