Hyde arrested on new sex-abuse charges

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Just as he was scheduled to be released yesterday from the Carroll County Detention Center, former Carroll County schools Superintendent William H. Hyde was ordered held without bond on additional sexual abuse charges in a related Virginia case.

Virginia authorities issued arrest warrants yesterday morning as Hyde was scheduled to be released after serving less than 12 months of an 18-month term for raping and sexually abusing an elementary school-age girl from Westminster.

Virginia prosecutors said they will try the 63-year-old career educator on two felony counts of aggravated sexual battery. The same girl whom Hyde was convicted of raping and sexually abusing in Carroll County in the summer of 2002 has also alleged that he abused her during a trip to Williamsburg, Va., in July 2002.

"We want to get him back to prosecute him on these charges," York County Sheriff's Capt. James Richardson said yesterday in a phone interview.

In Virginia, an aggravated sexual battery conviction carries a sentence of one to 20 years.

Bail hearing today

Hyde is scheduled to appear before a Carroll District Court judge at 11 am. today for a bail review hearing, where extradition proceedings also will be initiated.

If Hyde chooses to waive extradition to Virginia, authorities there have 10 days to pick him up.

If he chooses to fight extradition, he could ask to be released on an appeal bond. If the District Court judge approves it, Hyde could remain free until an extradition ruling is made, officials said.

In most cases, Carroll County Warden George Hardinger said, the courts require such defendants to be held in custody without bail during extradition proceedings.

In January 2004, Carroll Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. sentenced Hyde to serve 18 months of a 15-year prison term. Burns also gave Hyde five years of probation and ordered him to pay $4,455.60 in restitution and to cover the cost of future therapy for the girl.

Carroll prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore and the victim's parents had requested a 25-year prison sentence.

The morning of Hyde's sentencing, Virginia authorities filed arrest warrants in connection with the alleged sexual abuse in York County.

Hyde left the Carroll school system more than four years ago while he was being investigated in connection with school district mismanagement. He left Maryland and worked for two years as superintendent of a small school district in a Montana lumber town.

Charged with rape

Hyde was charged in August 2002 with raping and sexually abusing the girl at her family's home during a 2 1/2 -week visit to Carroll County two months earlier.

Testimony during the trial revealed that Virginia authorities interviewed the girl about sexual abuse that she said occurred in Williamsburg.

The lead investigator in the Carroll case, Ruth Ann Arty, testified that the girl told her that what happened at her family's home also occurred in Williamsburg.

The Sun is not disclosing many details of the case to protect the girl's identity.

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