Elkridge man again arrested, this time on theft charge Charges 2 days earlier involve sex with teen-ager


Paul Stephen Riggins Jr., the 39-year-old Elkridge man arrested Tuesday on charges involving having sex with a teen-age girl, was arrested again Thursday and charged with misdemeanor theft, Howard County police said.

After turning himself in to police about 8 p.m., Riggins was brought before a District Court commissioner and charged with stealing clothing valued at less than $300 and with running a theft scheme valued at more than $300 between Dec. 24 and Feb. 4, according to authorities.

A charge involving less than $300 is a misdemeanor; more than $300 is a felony.

Riggins was released later Thursday night on an unsecured $1,000 bail. Earlier in the week, he posted a $10,000 bond to gain his release on the sex charges.

Riggins is alleged to have stolen the clothing from trucks when he worked as a truck driver for the Elkridge-based Viking Freight Systems Inc., charging documents said. The clothing was bound for J. C. Penney, the documents said.

At a bail review hearing last week, his lawyer said that Riggins was fired from the company Tuesday after being arrested on the unrelated sex charges. Viking Freight officials refused to comment on Riggins' dismissal.

On Tuesday, Riggins was arrested on the sex offense charges while wearing a new pair of Levi's "501" jeans that police said were believed to be part of the stolen Penney's merchandise.

Later that day, police said, they confiscated four more items of J. C. Penney's clothing from Riggins' home in the 6100 block of Adcock Lane.

Police said Riggins also apparently gave a pair of blue jeans and a chambray shirt still wrapped in plastic to two female roommates living at his home.

Steven Keller, a police spokesman, said an investigation into the July 1 disappearance of Riggins' wife, Nancy Lee Riggins, led to the theft charges and to charges that Riggins had been sexually involved with his daughter's baby sitter from 1992 until 1996.

Police said they believe that the girl was 14 or 15 years old when the affair began, and that Riggins was 34 at the time.

Riggins also is embroiled in a child-custody case with his wife's parents, Robert and Delia Cunningham, who were granted temporary custody of the Riggins' daughter, Amanda, last summer.

Keller said that police have no new information on Nancy Lee Riggins' disappearance.

Pub Date: 2/09/97

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