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Posted on: October 30, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Frederick Man Charged With Sex Abuse of a Minor (CID)

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Frederick Police Detectives have charged a Frederick man with sex abuse of a minor

On Sunday, 10/25/2015 at 2:36 AM Frederick Police Officers responded to a sex offense which occurred in the 1800 Block of Granby Way Frederick, MD. Officers located a juvenile victim in the area who reported this crime.

This follow-up investigation was handled by the Criminal Investigation Division. Det. Irons was assigned as the primary investigator in this case. Through the subsequent investigation Det. Irons determined that the victim in this case knew the suspect prior to the assault occurring. The suspect was later identified to be Joey Leon Laster of Frederick, MD.

The investigation by Det. Irons revealed that the victim had been staying at the residence of Laster. During this time the victim was sexually assaulted by Laster inside of Laster’s residence. The victim then fled from the residence seeking assistance.

On Monday, October 26, 2015 Det. Irons and other members of the Criminal Investigation Division located and arrested Laster at his residence in the 1800 Block of Granby Way Frederick, MD. Laster was taken to Central Booking for an appearance before a District Court Commissioner. Laster was later released after posting bond.

During additional interviews in this case three additional victims came forward who advised they were also victims of similar abuse from Laster. The crimes committed against these victims occurred historically dating back to 1999. Based on the information provided by the other victims Det. Irons applied for additional charges against Laster.

On Wednesday 10/28/2015 a District Court Commissioner issued three arrest warrants for Laster based on this new information. Laster turned himself into police and was arrested without incident. Laster is currently incarcerated at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

The Frederick Police Department is encouraging anyone else who believes they may have been a victim of abuse from Laster to come forward and report the incident to police. The Frederick Police Department is also requesting anyone with information in this case to contact Det. Irons at 301-600-1210. Anonymous information may be provided to the FPD Crime Tip Line at 301-600-TIPS.

Additional information regarding the identity of the victims and details of the crime are being withheld to protect the identity and privacy of the victims.

Suspect:
Joey Leon Laster
DOB: 10/05/1968
1800 Blk Granby Way
Frederick, Maryland 21701

Charges:

Original Case: (Victim 1)
(1) Count of 2nd Degree Sex Offense
(1) Count of 3rd Degree Sex Offence
(1) Count of Sex Abuse of a Minor

Case #2: (Victim 2)
(2) Counts of Sex Abuse of a Minor
(2) Counts of 2nd Degree Assault

Case #3: (Victim 3)
(1) Count of 4th Degree Sex Offense
(1) Count of Sex Abuse of a Minor
(2) Counts of 2nd Degree Assault

Case #4: (Victim 4)
(1) Count of Sex Abuse of a Minor
(1) Count 2nd Degree Assault

Original Case Report: 2015-086914
Investigator: Det. Matt Irons 301-600-1210
Author: Sgt. Aaron Lapp 301-600-6390
PIO Contact: Cpt. Clark Pennington 301-600-3935

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