St. Mary's County Times September 07, 2017 - Page 8

8 The County Times Cops & Courts Thursday, September 7, 2017 Defendant Takes Plea in Fire Marshals: Man Sex Offense Case Torched Own Vehicle By Guy Leonard Staff Writer A Mechanicsville man pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to one count of commit- ting a third-degree sex offense against an underage girl but avoided prosecu- tion on one count of soliciting child pornography. Joseph Aloysius Maddox, 51, remains incarcerated at the county’s adult de- tention center following his guilty plea to having sex with a 14-year-old girl back in April. According to charging documents fi led in county District Court the vic- tim in the case had had an argument with her mother and left their home and walked to St. Joseph’s Circle in Great Mills where she met two men. One of them was Maddox, court doc- uments stated. The men directly asked the girl if she was looking for sex and soon after she went into a van with both men where upon she engaged in various sexual acts with them, court papers alleged. She eventually left the van and con- tinued on but Maddox came to her again and solicited her a second time; they drove in his vehicle to another location and then had sex again, court papers alleged. After they were fi nished, Maddox then drove her to a business and left her there. The police came to know about the incident when the victim reported it while at Great Mills High School two days later. Investigators set up a controlled call to Maddox from the victim which was recorded. In that call investigators said Maddox talked with the victim and confi rmed her version of events. During the call she told Maddox she was 14-years-old — during the actual incident she had told the men she was a year older — and he still asked her to send him a picture of her of a sexual nature, police alleged. Maddox was almost 37 years older than the victim at the time of the inci- dent, police stated. guyleonard@countytimes.net LAW OFFICE OF DANIEL A. M. SLADE, L.L.C. LOKER BUILDING By Guy Le