A 35-year-old Ellicott City man was charged Monday with raping a 14-year-old girl in an abandoned shed near his home earlier this month, Howard County police said yesterday.
The girl's mother told police that the teen is "on the verge of mental retardation," court records show.
Sheldon Laray Myers of the 3600 block of Mount Ida Drive was being held on $100,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center yesterday. District Court Judge Louis Becker postponed Mr. Myers' bond review hearing yesterday until Mr. Myers could meet with a public defender.
Police say the victim knew Mr. Myers from her Ellicott City neighborhood. The teen did not report the incident until Monday, when her mother accompanied her to the Child Advocacy Center in Ellicott City for interviews with police, according to court records.
Police say Mr. Myers took advantage of the victim's mental condition. He was charged him with first-degree rape, a first-degree sex offense, a third-degree sex offense and assault and battery.
The girl told police Monday a man walked her to a shed at the rear of an abandoned house in the 3600 block of Fels Lane between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on March 4. The shed is near the Roger Carter Neighborhood Center in Ellicott City, police said.
Police say the girl was ordered to go inside and take off her clothes. The girl told a detective she did so because she thought she would be hurt if she refused, police say.
The man had sex with the girl, police say, and then ordered her not to tell anyone. Police say the teen had thought "he would kill her" if she reported the incident.
Officers charged Mr. Myers hours after the interview with the girl, police said.