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Man accused of assaulting 2 girls is charged in rape of 7-year-old Carroll judge orders him held on $50,000 bond


A Mount Airy man accused of sexually assaulting two neighborhood girls last month after luring them into his home with lollipops has been arrested on charges of raping and molesting another girl.

Robert E. Tibbits, 63, posted $15,000 bail Dec. 1 after his arrest last month on charges involving an 11-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl, court records show. The Sun does not name alleged victims of sexual assault.

Tibbits was arrested late Wednesday on the most recent charges involving a 7-year-old girl. He is charged with second-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape, a second-degree sexual offense, two counts of third-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault, court records show.

The alleged incidents in both cases occurred between Jan. 1 and Nov. 30, according to charging documents.

At a bail review hearing yesterday, Tracy A. Gilmore, deputy state's attorney for Carroll County, asked that Tibbits' bail be set at $50,000.

After learning that arresting officers reported hearing Tibbits say he would have fled if he had known police were en route, Judge James N. Vaughan ordered that he be held at the Carroll County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond.

In charges filed last month, Tibbits is accused of third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses, second-degree assaults, perverted sex practices and indecent exposure, court records show.

A trial date of Dec. 23 has been set for Tibbits to answer those charges.

Pub Date: 12/11/98

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