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A Lexington Park man was sentenced March 1 by Judge Marjorie L. Clagett to 23 years in prison for raping two women in 2010 while they were passed out from drinking alcohol.

Walter J. Ford Jr., 27, was convicted Dec. 14, 2012, in two separate cases by a Calvert County Circuit Court jury of two counts each of second-degree rape and second-degree assault.

In one case, Ford was sentenced to 15 years for one count of second-degree rape, which was merged with the second-degree assault charge, said Assistant State’s Attorney Kathryn Marsh, who prosecuted the case. In the second case, Ford was sentenced to eight years in prison for the second-degree rape, which again was merged with the second-degree assault charge, to be served consecutively to the sentence given in the first case. He will also have to register as a lifetime sex offender, according to Marsh.

Ford and Elvis T. Frederick, 25, of Loveville were indicted in July 2011 for raping two women in July 2010 at a Lusby home, according to original reports.

Both men allegedly went to the Coster Road home of one of the victims and brought vodka and cranberry juice, and after both women drank the alcohol, they told police who responded that afternoon, they fell asleep in separate rooms. One victim does not recall falling asleep, but both said when they woke up, Ford and Frederick were performing sexual acts on them. The victims both told police that when they each asked the men to stop, they did not. One of the victims, who said she heard the other calling for her from the master bedroom, said she found her friend naked from the waist down curled up in the bedroom, with Ford also in the room, according to court records.

The two victims, along with a third woman, did not recall seeing either Ford or Frederick drinking the vodka. One of the victims, who said she became sick after drinking the alcohol, was given a blood test at the hospital and the toxicology report determined the presence of a barbiturate, charging documents state. The victim told police she is not prescribed any medication and had not taken any medication recently. Both women were given forensic sexual assault exams, but the results were not listed in charging documents.

Frederick entered an Alford plea Dec. 12, 2012, to conspiracy to commit third-degree sex offense. An Alford plea acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction but does not admit guilt. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended, and placed on five years of supervised probation upon his release.