Bail reduced for suspect in child abuse


A man who claims he is murder suspect, but has been arrested only on child abuse charges, was granted a bail reduction yesterday by Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold.

Judge Arnold reduced bail from $100,000 to $75,000 for Roy Monroe Robertson, 44, who has been in the Carroll County Detention Center since his arrest Dec. 31. He is charged in a 14-count indictment with second- and third-degree sexual offenses, sodomy, perverted practice, child abuse and incest.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. had set bail at $100,000 on Mr. Robertson last week.

The defendant can't post the reduced bail unless someone else posts it for him, said his lawyer, Judith S. Stainbrook.

At the bail review hearing last week, state police Cpl. Wayne Moffatt testified that a 6-year-old girl had told her grandmother that Mr. Robertson had "sexed" her more than 13 times. Corporal Moffatt also said his interview with the girl led him to another 6-year-old girl, who told of similar experiences.

The police investigation began Sept. 26 and included interviews with two women and a man -- all in their 30s -- in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Two of the adults accused Mr. Robertson of molesting them between 1960 and 1971, and the third said she was molested in the 1980s, the indictments said.

Mr. Robinson emphatically denied the charges in court last week.

Ms. Stainbrook has said the molestation charges are a ruse to compel Mr. Robertson to answer questions about the Feb. 18 fatal shooting of a friend, Westminster fisherman William C. Prodoehl.

State police have made no arrests in the slaying, although Mr. Robertson claims to be a suspect. He and Gina Maria Catterton Prodoehl, the victim's wife, reported finding Mr. Prodoehl's body beside the Monocacy River near Harney.

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