Ex-fire volunteer faces more sex offense charges Savage man accused in attacks on 2 other women


Former Savage volunteer firefighter James Scott Botschen was charged yesterday with sexual offenses involving two more women in the Curtis Bay section of Baltimore. He is now alleged to have committed sexual crimes against four women in the first four days of September, state police said.

Mr. Botschen, 31, was charged yesterday with assault with intent to murder, first degree sexual offense, assault with intent to commit a sexual offense, use of a handgun in the commission of a crime, two counts of use of a deadly weapon and two counts of battery.

The alleged victims were identified from photographs recovered in many searches after Mr. Botschen's arrest Sept. 4, police said. The women in the photographs were naked, police said.

Police are trying to identify five other women from photographs recovered in the investigation. Some of the women in those photographs are naked, some are partly clothed.

Each of the four crimes involved a different woman on each of the first four days of September in what police said were similar assaults. The police believe the women were picked up in Baltimore and driven to Swan Creek Drive in Curtis Bay, where they were ordered to undress and then photographed.

All of the women were threatened with a large knife, police said. One also was threatened with a handgun, said First Sgt. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman.

The victim of the Sept. 1 attack escaped during a struggle after Mr. Botschen tried to stab her, Sgt. Shipley said. The victim in the Sept. 2 crime was threatened with a handgun and a knife, sexually assaulted and forced to leave the car without her clothes, police said.

Also yesterday, state police in Frederick have issued a warrant charging Mr. Botschen with a May 1991 rape in which the victim was severely beaten and left for dead. She was found three days later in a wooded area on Greenfield Road near Route 85.

State police in Frederick have reopened an investigation of a July 1991 murder in which the skeletal remains of what are believed to be a teen-aged girl have been found.

"There is absolutely no connection at this point" to the Greenfield Road rape, Sgt. Shipley said, other than the fact that the skeleton was found eight miles from where the rape victim was discovered.

Mr. Botschen, who listed his address as the Savage Volunteer Fire Department when he was arrested Sept. 4, also picked up women in Baltimore on Sept. 3 and 4 and drove them to Curtis Bay and assaulted them, police said.

Armed with a butcher knife, Mr. Botschen attacked the women in his car while wearing a dark blue Howard County fire department shirt, charging documents said. He is accused of raping one of the women and attempting to rape the other. Police have charged him with rape, attempted rape, kidnapping, battery and assault in those incidents.

Mr. Botschen was first arrested in July 1991 after an Olney woman covered in blood was found walking near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Anne Arundel County. Mr. Botschen was charged with second-degree rape and fourth-degree sexual offense, but was convicted on a lesser charge of battery. He was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and five years of unsupervised probation. He was ordered to complete psychological therapy and a 100-hour community service project.

Mr. Botschen was dismissed from his duties as a firefighter and emergency medical technician at the Savage volunteer fire company after his Sept. 4 arrest. He had been banned from answering emergency calls after his July 1991 arrest, but he was reinstated in January for about one month before the county suspended him again.

A volunteer since 1982, Mr. Botschen rode on at least six ambulance calls after officials at the company reinstated him without informing county administrators.

Mr. Botschen had been on a waiting list for county psychological services nearly six months when arrested Sept. 4. He was to get counseling as a result of the January conviction but never did, according to Susan Kaskie, of the state Division of Parole and Probation.

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