A St. Mary's County man has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of an 11-year-old girl in the rural community of Avenue, Md., and was being held without bond in Leonardtown, Maryland State Police reported yesterday.
The girl, who disappeared from the back of a parked pickup truck about 8 p.m. Friday, was found in a trailer about a half-mile away late that night after a three-hour search of the western St. Mary's area by 50 to 100 police, fire and rescue personnel.
State police arrested Paul Anthony Broome, 22, the occupant of the trailer, and took him to the county detention center in Leonardtown, about 12 miles to the southwest.
A state police spokesman said the girl was "hurt pretty badly," but was released to her parents after being treated at St. Mary's Hospital.
Police said the girl, a resident of northern St. Mary's, was visiting the Avenue area with her family.
She was waiting for a family friend who had stopped at Murphy's store on Route 242 when a man with a steak knife forced her to accompany him, police said.
The family friend told police she found a door to the truck open and the girl missing.
She said she remembered seeing a man in his twenties outside the store.
State police, assisted by police dogs from Charles County, found the girl's hat in a nearby wooded area in about half an hour.
"The investigation led to the suspect's trailer a half-mile down the road," a state police spokesman said.
"In our first attempts to contact somebody at the trailer, nobody would answer, but then somebody was seen inside the door, and we made a forceful entry."
Broome was charged with rape, intercourse with a person under 14 years old, engaging in a sexual act by force, kidnapping, sodomy, unnatural and perverted sex acts, and use of a weapon.
He was ordered held without bond by a court commissioner, state police said.