Tenn. man extradited to Carroll on charges of sexually molesting 3 girls


A country preacher from Tennessee, who used to live in Taneytown, remained in the Carroll County jail without bail last night, charged with sexually abusing three girls here between 1960 and 1970.

Ronnie Lane Robertson, 48, of Roan Mountain, Tenn., was extradited to Carroll County from Tennessee on Tuesday night.

He was arrested by Tennessee authorities shortly after a Carroll grand jury returned a three-count indictment in February.

He could not be brought to Carroll until this week because he declined to waive his rights to an extradition hearing.

According to Carroll sex abuse investigators, the allegations against Mr. Robertson surfaced during the investigation of his brother, Roy Monroe Robertson.

Roy Robertson -- also being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on unrelated child sexual abuse charges -- claims the accusations against him are an attempt to compel him to answer questions about the Feb. 18, 1993, fatal shooting of a friend, William C. Prodoehl of Westminster.

According to the indictment against Ronnie Robertson, child abuse investigators were unable to specify the dates and locations of the alleged abuse because of the young ages of the accusers and the alleged continuing nature of the offenses.

The three accusers lived in the Taneytown area at the time of the alleged abuse, said Cpl. Wayne R. Moffatt, a state police detective who investigated the case for the Carroll County Child and Sexual Abuse unit.

The accusers -- who were 1 to 13 years old at the time of the alleged abuse -- are now adults living in North Carolina, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

Ronnie Robertson asked to have a Wednesday bail review hearing postponed so that he could get a lawyer. A new bail review hearing had not been scheduled yesterday.

His brother, Roy Robertson, has been in the Carroll County Detention Center since his arrest Dec. 31.

He is charged with molesting two 6-year-old girls.

Two adults also have accused Roy Robertson of molesting them between 1960 and 1971, and one adult claimed that she was molested in the 1980s.

Roy Robertson has said he is being held on child-abuse charges because he is a suspect in Mr. Prodoehl's slaying.

Gina Maria Catterton Prodoehl, the victim's wife, and Roy Robertson, who lived with the couple, reported finding Mr. Prodoehl's body beside the Monocacy River near Harney after ** he failed to return from a fishing trip.

Roy Robertson's trial on the sex abuse charges is scheduled for August.

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