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A judge ordered Tuesday morning that a Leonardtown area man remain in St. Mary’s jail without bond after his arrest on charging papers alleging he beat, disrobed and sexually assaulted a woman the day before at a home off Hollywood Road.
Joseph Reginald Curtis II, 27, was told in court that a conviction for committing a first-degree sexual offense, a charge filed against him along with first-degree assault and false imprisonment, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The woman told police that Curtis attacked her Monday morning at the residence, and that he also tried to sexually assault her with a plastic vacuum extension device during her repeated attempts to escape, according to charging papers.
When the woman went into a bedroom, the charging papers allege, Curtis threatened to get a gun, soon entered the room and pushed a bed’s box spring down on top of the woman.
“He proceeded to jump on it while she was underneath,” St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling said the next day at Curtis’ bond hearing.
The injured woman eventually got away from the residence, reported the incident at the St. Mary’s sheriff’s office, and was treated at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital for injuries including bruises all over her body and a swollen eye with broken blood vessels, according to county detectives and the charging papers filed by sheriff’s deputy Elizabeth Croyle.
Curtis stabbed himself with a knife as law officers approached his home to take him into custody, detectives report, and he was treated at the hospital and released before he was incarcerated.
Sarah M. Elkins, Curtis’ public defender at Tuesday’s court hearing, said that “he completely disagrees with the facts as alleged,” and would later present his account of what happened.
St. Mary’s District Judge Christy Holt Chesser declined to set a bond for Curtis’ pretrial release, ordering that he remain in custody while prosecutors proceed with the case.
Curtis waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the evidence against him.
“There is a dangerousness to the community that needs to be considered,” the judge said.