Southern Md. Police Beat / Zachary Lee Thomas charged with rape of 7-year-old following prior assault charge dropped by States Attorney Fritz
LEXINGTON PARK, MD. – St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron reports that on February 14, 2018, an adult female reported a possible sex offense to the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Department, involving an adult male and a seven-year-old juvenile.
Based on the information provided by the complainant, the investigation was continued by the Criminal Investigations Detective Teague.
The Detective’s probe alleged that Zachary Lee Thomas, 23, of 46636 Yorktown Road, Lexington Park, Md., engaged in a sex act with the juvenile at the residence in St. Mary’s County.
Detectives made contact with Thomas on February 15, 2018; Thomas was placed under arrest for sex abuse of a family member and transported to the St. Mary’s County Jail.
Thomas was charged with one count of sexual abuse of a minor and is currently being held without bond. Further criminal charges are forthcoming pending a review with the State’s Attorney’s Office. Taxpayers will be providing Thomas with a free attorney from the Public Defender’s Office. A bail review was set for Feb. 16, 2018, following the decision of the District Court Commissioner to deny bail.
Thomas was charged with second-degree assault on Nov. 24, 2017, by St. Mary’s Deputy Bare in District Court. On Dec. 28, 2017, St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz dropped the charge instead of going ahead with the trial set for that date.
Thomas was charged with a fourth-degree sex offense in a filing in St. Mary’s Circuit Court on Oct. 11, 2017. Detectives Snyder and Alexander of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department brought the charges. The case has been lingering on with Cynthia Panos listed in court records as the attorney for Thomas with a hearing set for Feb. 21, 2018. The crimes are alleged to have taken place between April 1, 2017, to April 21, 2017. Panos entered an appearance in the case on Feb. 15, 2018.
A protective order against Thomas for domestic violence and child abuse hearing was held on July 7, 2017, in St. Mary’s District Court. The petition was dismissed on that date, according to court records.