Man locked in legal battle for years over custody charged by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s with child sex abuse

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Douglas Charles Hughes charged with child sex abuse Hollywood Md

Douglas Charles Hughes charged with child sex abuse Hollywood Md

Sheriff Cameron says Douglas Hughes charged with molesting two children

HOLLYWOOD, MD. — St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports a Hollywood man who had been involved with a long legal battle over child custody, support and violating a domestic violence protective order has been charged with child sex abuse of two children.

Cameron reports that on March 3, 2016, The Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services received a referral regarding the possible sexual abuse of a minor child. Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division began to investigate the allegations.

The investigation revealed over a period, Douglas Charles Hughes, 35, of Hollywood, Maryland, allegedly performed various sexual acts on two minor children. At the time of the incidents, both minor children were in the care and custody of Hughes.

After conferring with the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, Hughes was charged by St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Detective S. Lefave with the six counts of the following criminal violations:

Sexual Abuse of a Minor

Sex Offense Second Degree

Sex Offense Third Degree

Sex Offense Fourth Degree

Assault Second Degree

Hughes was jailed at the St. Mary’s County Detention Center on March 4, 2016, to await a bond review.

Jennifer Hughes sought a divorce from Douglas Hughes in St. Mary’s Circuit Court on June 27, 2008, when they both lived at 26306 Riverview Drive in Hollywood, Md. Court records show that the case was dropped for lack of jurisdiction on Dec. 22, 2008.

Douglas Hughes was cited for various boating infractions in 2011.

Hughes was charged with violating an ex-parte protective order from the Charles County Circuit Court on a warrant on Sept. 15, 2003. The Charles County States Attorney put the case on the Stet Docket on Dec. 5, 2003.

Hughes had sought custody of minor children in Charles County Circuit Court from defendant Jane Elizabeth Walzer of Waldorf on Aug. 20, 2003. The case had some hearings over the years with attorney Richard Gummere of La Plata representing Douglas Hughes. The Master of Domestic Relations for Charles County held a hearing on April 28, 2006, as to custody, visitation and child support. The last court entry in the case was on May 15, 2015, when Gummere terminated his representation.

 

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