$85,000 bond set for man in rape of girl GLEN BURNIE


A Glen Burnie man charged with raping a six-year-old girl for whom he was baby-sitting was ordered held in lieu of $85,000 bond yesterday.

Charles Edward Skaggs, 35, of the 1400 block of Houghton Road, was arrested Wednesday night after the girl told her mother she had been raped in the bathroom of her home Tuesday evening.

Mr. Skaggs, who police said is a friend of the girl's family, was watching the girl and her brother until the mother's boyfriend returned home from work, according to court documents filed yesterday in District Court.

The girl's mother reportedly left about 5:10 p.m. and her boyfriend arrived at the Harundale home about 6:30 p.m. Mr. Skaggs, nicknamed "Cowboy," ate dinner, then left.

The next evening, while the boyfriend was in the bathroom cleaning up after work, court documents say the girl walked in and said a man had touched her in a private place. She told her mother that "Cowboy" had sexually abused her, the court records say.

The girl detailed the assault to police Detective Keith Baumann, who arrested Mr. Skaggs Wednesday about 11:30 p.m. at his home.

Court documents say Mr. Skaggs admitted to Detective Baumann that he was baby-sitting for the children and that he "did have sexual contact" with the girl.

Mr. Skaggs was charged with second-degree rape, a third-degree sex offense, child abuse and battery. If convicted, he faces 45 years in prison.

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