County prosecutors dropped an indictment Monday against a man accused of having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old Columbia girl and suspected in the slaying of another girl.
Curtis Aden Jamison, 28, of Baltimore, was cleared of one count of second-degree rape by Howard Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney, but still faces numerous counts for his relationship with the girl.
The girl had introduced Mr. Jamison to Tara Allison Gladden, a 15-year-old Columbia girl whose body was found in a culvert under Little Patuxent Parkway near her home last summer, court records say. No one has been charged with her murder.
Senior Assistant State's Attorney Michael Rexroad said the decision to drop the indictment involving the 12-year-old was a procedural one to consolidate charges against Mr. Jamison, since another indictment contains the same count and additional charges.
Mr. Jamison was indicted in October on additional counts of second-degree rape, sexual offenses and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for having intercourse with the girl and a third victim, a 13-year-old Baltimore girl.
Police filed the new charges against Mr. Jamison after interviews with the Columbia girl, now 14, provided information on additional incidents.
Mr. Jamison, who could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the charges, is scheduled for a Howard Circuit Court trial on Feb. 9. He is being held at the Howard Detention Center on $1.25 million bond.
George Tindal, a Baltimore attorney representing Mr. Jamison, could not be reached for comment.
The father of the Columbia victim said prosecutors informed him about the decision to drop the indictment before Monday's hearing. "I've got to wait and see how justice is served at the time" when the cases are consolidated, he said.
Court records say Mr. Jamison met the girl in April 1992, when he gave her his telephone number. He told her he was 20 years old, but she later learned he was 28. The girl told Mr. Jamison at the time that she was "about 18," records say.
In the summer of 1992, Mr. Jamison is accused of meeting the girl at least once a week in the woods east of Lake Kittamaqundi. There, records state, Mr. Jamison gave her alcohol before having intercourse.
The girl told police she also had sex with Mr. Jamison in a wooded area near her Vantage Point Road home in the fall of 1992, record say.
Mr. Jamison, of the 3300 block of Oakfield Ave., regularly gave the girl gifts of money, jewelry and clothing, records say. She broke off the relationship when Mr. Jamison starting seeing her less frequently.
Prosecutors last month dropped charges of battery, perverted sexual practices, three sexual offenses and making false statements to police that were filed against Mr. Jamison for his relationship with Tara Gladden.
In that case, prosecutors said they could not prove their case in court without Tara's testimony.
In addition, Mr. Jamison also is to stand trial in February for allegedly entering Tara's Vantage Point Road home and assaulting one of her male friends, brandishing a handgun and slapping Tara last May.
County police investigators questioned Mr. Jamison, but have not charged him, in Tara's death.