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Sexual abuse alleged

Edward David Adams Jr., 50, of Mechanicsville was jailed this week in lieu of $20,000 bond on charging papers alleging he repeatedly engaged in sexual conduct earlier this year with a boy at a residence.

Adams was charged with sexual abuse and committing a fourth-degree sexual offense through the investigation by detective Cpl. William Raddatz of the St. Mary’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations. The boy’s age was not included in charging papers obtained from authorities.

Assault at jail alleged

Antonio C. Tarpley, a 32-year-old Suitland resident in custody at the St. Mary’s jail, was charged this week with a second-degree assault offense in court papers alleging he twice struck another inmate on the head Monday during a dispute in a dayroom at the detention center.

Geoffrey Scott Welcome, a 50-year-old Great Mills resident, “became enraged when the defendant began to change the television channel, although the victim was talking on the phone,” according to Tarpley’s account in a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Joshua Krum. Tarpley told police that “he was not going to be disrespected,” court papers state, and that another inmate eventually tried to break up the ensuing fight.

Tarpley was committed to the jail’s custody in October on a 179-day sentence with work-release privileges in a 2009 paternity case, according to online court records, and Welcome was sentenced earlier this month to serve 505 days in jail, with work-release privileges, for violating his probation from a charge of second-degree assault.

Reward offered for tips in cases

Citizens with information about unsolved crimes in St. Mary’s can collect a cash reward by calling St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers 24 hours a day at 301-475-3333. They can withhold their name and later collect their reward through a number-identification system.

The Crime Solvers program assists law enforcement in solving open investigations that may not have been closed without the extra incentive of anonymity and an offer of a reward, providing the information leads to an arrest or indictment.

The Crime Solvers board of directors meets at 10 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the county’s Northern Senior Center in Charlotte Hall. To be considered for membership on the board, attend a meeting or call the Crime Solvers chairperson at 301-884-5417 for details.

Contributions to the Crime Solvers reward fund can be mailed to St. Mary’s Crime Solvers Inc. at P.O. Box 221, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Sheriff welcomes text-message tips

Cellphones and other handheld communication devices can be used to send text messages with tips for the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, by texting TIP239, plus the message, to CRIMES, numerically 274637. For more information on the text-message program, go online to www.smscrimetips.com.

Police tips line open

Maryland State Police in Leonardtown operate a Tips Line at 301-475-2936, inviting anyone with information about a crime that has occurred, or they expect may occur, to anonymously report that information 24 hours a day to authorities. Citizens may use the same telephone number to report concerns to police that do not involve criminal activity.

JOHN WHARTON