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St. Mary's County Sheriff's Reports


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (July 28, 2009) - The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office recently released the following incident and arrest reports.

SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR: On July 27, BCI detectives arrested James A. Dietz, age 57 of California, and charged him with the Sexual Abuse of a Minor, 3rd Degree Sexual Offense, and Engaging in a Continuing Course of Conduct with a Victim Under 14 Years of Age. The charges were the result of an investigation into the abuse of an unrelated female. The crimes occurred over an approximate 12 year period, starting when the child was approximately 7 years old. He was incarcerated at the St. Mary's County Detention Center.

THEFT OF MOTOR VEHICLE ARREST: On July 25 at 6:19 p.m. the victim parked his 1995 Ford Taurus in front of the Sheetz store in California, leaving the keys in the vehicle, and entered the store. The victim observed his vehicle exiting the parking lot being operated by an unknown subject. The victim immediately called 911 and a lookout was broadcast for the vehicle. The vehicle was observed being operated northbound on Three Notch Road in California by Major John Horne and a vehicle stop was initiated. The operator was identified as a 13-year-old male from Great Mills. The juvenile was arrested and charged with Theft over $500 and Driving w/o a License and released to parental custody pending further action by Juvenile Services.

VIOLATION OF PROTECTIVE ORDER: On July 25 at 8:36 p.m. Cpl. J. Molitor responded to a private residence in Lexington Park for the report of a violation of a protective order. Investigation revealed Larry J. Amos, Jr. made repeated telephone calls to the victim and went to the victim's residence after being directed to have no contact with the victim by District Court Judge G. Wells. Mr. Amos was arrested, charged with Violation of a Protective Order and incarcerated in the Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

STRONG ARM ROBBERY: On July 26 at 1:00 p.m. the victim was in the parking lot of the Leonardtown Center when he was approached by a suspect identified as Gerald A. Riche, age 50, of no fixed address, and requested a ride from the victim. Once inside the vehicle Riche demanded the victim give him all his money. The victim complied, fearing for his safety, at which time Riche exited the vehicle and fled on foot too the rear of the shopping center. Riche was subsequently located and placed under arrest after the victim positively identified him as the person taking his money. Riche was incarcerated in the detention center, charged with Robbery and Theft under $100. Riche is pending a bond review by the District Court Commissioner.

VIOLATION OF PEACE ORDER: On July 28 at 12:24 a.m. Dep. M. Boyer responded to a private residence in Lexington Park for the report of a violation of a peace order. Investigation revealed Jonathan D. Elkins, age 22, of Mechanicsville, telephoned and threatened the victim with bodily harm after having been served with a peace order, issued by the District Court Commissioner, directing Elkins not to do so. Elkins was located at his residence, placed under arrest, charged with Fail to Comply with Conditions of a Peace Order and incarcerated in the Detention Center pending an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

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