Prince Frederick, MD- In August, a Calvert County Grand Jury indicted Daniel Edward Gaughan,21, of Lusby, MD on nineteen(19) counts for allegedly sexually abusing a minor.
The charge and subsequent indictment included:
- (1)Sex Abuse of a Minor;
- (9)Second-Gree Rape;
- (7) Third-degree Sex Offense;
- (1)Forth-Degree Sex Offense-sexual contact;
- (1)Sexual abuse of a minor-Continuing contact
The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the suspected abuse on July 27, 2019, by the mother of the victim. The alleged incidents are to have taken place between January 1, 2019, and June 26, 2019.
When Mr. Gaughan was confronted by Deputy Robert Shrawder and Cpl. James Morgan; who was wearing a body-cam; the suspect uttered that he had sex with the child.
Gaughan was transported to the Sheriff’s Office where he waived his Miranda Rights and was placed in a room for an interview that was taped. In the interview Gaughan said he had sex with the victim, and also said the acts were consensual. He also added that he told the victim,” that if the victim ever told anyone he would go to jail and her parent would kill her.”
Gaughan admitted he offered the victims family $10,000 to keep quiet about the abuse and not turn him in.
In the statement of probable cause, Cpl. Mudd identified four locations in which the incidents took place, and Gaughan agreed. Gaughan said at no time was any force or threat of violence used.
In the statement of proable cause, the detective states that the Sheriff’s Office along with the State’s Attorney and Department of Social Services is investigating the alleged incidents. Gaughan’s bond was set at $50,000 at an August 30 hearing.
Calvert County State’s Attorney Rebecca Cordero is prececuting the case.