Judge reduces bail for man accused of raping visitor


Carroll District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones has reduced bail for a 36-year-old Taneytown man charged with second-degree rape and related counts involving a woman who says she was sexually assaulted after she passed out at his home Nov. 19.

Even though bail was dropped Wednesday from $75,000 to $50,000, the defendant, Michael Steven Campbell, remained in the Carroll County Detention Center as of Friday evening. He was arrested Monday.

Court records said that the woman -- a frequent guest of Mr. Campbell and his wife -- was drinking alcohol at Mr. Campbell's house when "she had passed out."

At Wednesday's bail hearing, Assistant State's Attorney Eileen McInerney argued to keep bail at $75,000 or raise it. She said after the hearing that she had told the judge that Mr. Campbell "incriminated himself" and and had said to a state trooper, "Now I'm going to be held responsible for my sexual forays."

Mr. Campbell represented himself at the hearing.

In reducing Mr. Campbell's bail, the judge will allow him to post a $5,000 surety bond to secure his release from the detention center.

She also ordered him to stay away from the alleged victim pending his trial.

Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad