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September 30, 2013

Oakland man gets 70 years in rape, sex offense case

OAKLAND — Oakland resident James Leroy House, 51, was sentenced in Garrett County Circuit Court to 70 years in the Maryland Division of Correction for first-degree rape and sexual offense, according to the Garrett County state’s attorney.

Judge Jim Sherbin sentenced House to 35 years for each count, with the sentences to run consecutively. Following a jury trial in June, House was also found guilty of sodomy, perverted sexual practice and false imprisonment. Those charges merged into the two counts on which he was sentenced.

House was charged by Garrett County sheriff’s deputies in October 2011, after they located a residence along Mayhew Inn Road where a 911 call originated.

The call was received from a cellular telephone tower in the Swanton area, resulting in deputies being dispatched initially in that direction.

When they were unable to locate the source of the call, dispatchers called the number back and the victim answered and eventually blurted out the address.

Both recorded phone calls included evidence of the assault in progress. Responding deputies also heard sounds of the sexual assault inside and broke down the door, encountering House naked as he approached the living room.

The victim provided details of the events of that early morning and her injuries were documented by the collection of forensic evidence.

A chemist from the Maryland State Police crime laboratory testified about finding DNA of the victim and of House on the rope the victim said was used to attempt to restrain her and investigators found still tied to a make-shift bed in the living room.

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