Edgewood man, 22, convicted of raping 16-year-old girl Teen was handcuffed to a tree and assaulted


A 22-year-old Edgewood man was found guilty in Harford County Circuit Court Friday of 13 charges in the rape of a 16-year-old girl who was handcuffed to a tree when she was assaulted last November.

The jury of six men and six women deliberated five hours before returning guilty verdicts against Thomas Lee Bailey of the 1900 block of Edgewater Drive on two counts of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, three counts of sexual offenses, assault with intent to rape, two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual offenses, assault and battery, assault, unnatural and perverted sex practices and false imprisonment.

Two lesser charges were dismissed, and the jury found the defendant not guilty of kidnapping, court records showed.

Judge Cypert O. Whitfill set sentencing for Jan. 9. The defendant, who will be 23 Thursday remains at the Harford County Detention Center.

The Sun does not identify victims of sexual assault to protect their privacy.

According to court records, the girl, who lived in Edgewood, said the defendant threatened to kill her after locking her wrists around a tree trunk about midnight Nov. 20 in a woods between the Sunrise Condominium community and the Courts of Harford Square.

Police and court records show that the girl said the defendant sexually assaulted her twice before releasing her about 1:30 a.m. Fearing further attacks, she said she walked with him to a nearby convenience store on Gateway Drive in Edgewood to buy beer.

She said the defendant left, and she called police.

Detectives from the sheriff's office said the girl later picked the defendant's picture from a group of photographs shown to her.

In other Harford County Circuit Court matters last week:

* Stuart L. Alison, a Bel Air attorney who is appealing his convictions on charges of spotlighting deer and harassment, has asked to have those appeals heard in Baltimore County, according to Circuit Court records.

Four Harford County Circuit Court judges declined to hear the appeals because Mr. Alison has represented clients before them.

District Judge Alexander Wright Jr. of Baltimore County visited Harford County in March to try Mr. Alison, 50, on a charge of spotlighting deer in a field in Havre de Grace. Judge Wright found Mr. Alison guilty, imposed a $200 fine, suspended Mr. Alison's hunting license for one year and ordered the state to confiscate the lawyer's Remington 12-gauge shotgun and 12-volt spotlight.

In the second case, also heard in March, Judge Wright convicted Mr. Alison of harassing James Close, also a Bel Air attorney.

The judge suspended a 30-day jail sentence in that case, fined Mr. Alison $500, ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service within nine months and placed him on three years of supervised probation with the stipulation that Mr. Alison have no contact with Mr. Close.

Prosecutor Mimi Cooper said she did not oppose Mr. Alison's request to have the cases transferred to Baltimore County.

* Jacqueline Denise "Jackie" Bowser, 27, of the 500 block of Franklin St. in Havre de Grace was convicted and sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in state prison with all but one year suspended after agreeing not to contest the statement of facts on charges of possession and distribution of cocaine.

Judge William O. Carr placed the defendant on two years of supervised probation, upon her release, allowed her to serve the sentence at the county Detention Center, and made her eligible for work and school release.

According to court records, the defendant, who formerly lived in the 800 block of Fisherman Lane in Edgewood, was indicted in October 1994 on charges of selling 0.2 ounces of crack cocaine to undercover narcotics officers.

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