For the second time in less than 24 hours, a man accused of contacting a 13-year-old girl over the Internet to have sexual relations was arrested after a deputy sheriff posed as a fictitious teen-ager, according to prosecutors and charging documents.
Todd K. Thompson, 26, of the 1400 block of Madison Ave., Baltimore, is being held at Carroll County Detention Center on four charges: publishing child pornography on computers; attempted second-degree sexual offense; and unauthorized taking and use of a rental car. Carroll District Judge Marc G. Rasinsky set bail at $75,000. Thompson was charged about 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Rasinsky also set bail at $75,000 yesterday for a second defendant, Robert Michael Rysak, 41, of the 3800 block of Dunsmuir Circle, Baltimore County, who was charged early Tuesday with similar offenses.
Rysak was arrested at the same Finksburg restaurant as Thompson after he was accused of offering to pay $200 for kisses and possibly sexual relations with a supposed 13-year-old girl who turned out to be a Maryland state trooper.
Rysak asked the judge to lower his bail, saying he has support from his family, including a daughter who does not live with him, and a job at Northrop Grumman Corp.'s California Microwave Systems in Middle River, with a top-secret clearance and work involving the terrorist attacks Sept. 11.
Jack Martin Jr., a spokesman for the Los Angeles-based corporation, said that as a matter of policy he would only confirm that Rysak is an employee of that business unit.
Rysak hanged his head at times, but spoke forcefully, saying, "I was hoping to get some time out so I can get some things in order. ... This is the first time I've ever been through anything like this. I've never harmed anybody in my life, never had any intention of harming anybody.
"I wish somebody would look at my life," he said, "not just one or two days."
Thompson seemed somewhat confused as he also asked the judge to lower his bail, saying he lives alone and recently lost his job at a restaurant that had been closed for serving minors.
In both cases, Assistant State's Attorney Amy L. Blank asked that bail remain the same or be increased.
Blank told the judge that investigators are looking into information provided by Thompson that he had held jobs in the past at a school and at a day care center.
"The state is concerned," she said, but had no further details.
According to charging documents, Thompson made unsolicited contact when Deputy Sheriff Brad Brown, working with the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit, entered a romance chat room under the screen name "Stacie" about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Saying his name was Paul, the man said he was 26 and sent a photograph under the name Todd, and arranged to meet the fictitious 13-year-old, according to the charging documents.
Thompson arrived about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in an Enterprise rental car, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, which had been reported stolen by the agency, according to the charging documents.
He was arrested as he began walking toward the Roy Rogers Family Restaurant at Routes 140 and 91, where Rysak had been arrested about 4:15 p.m. Monday.
Rasinsky advised the men of their rights, including the right to an attorney because neither had a lawyer yesterday. If they post bail, the judge ordered that they be supervised by pretrial services and have no contact with anyone younger than age 16.