Cold Case: Sexual Assault of Child

December 11, 1997

On the afternoon of December 11, 1997, a male suspect approached a 12-year-old boy near a construction site, which is now the Morningside Assisted Living Apartments near Smallwood Village Shopping Center, and began a conversation. He then led the victim to a wooded area near a bike path and sexually assaulted him. The Charles County Sheriff's Office responded for the investigation.

The suspect was described as a white male, possibly in his mid-20s. He was between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighed about 165 pounds and had blue eyes and a mustache. He was wearing a knit ski cap, a white sweatshirt with a logo on the front, light-colored blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Anyone with information that could help us solve this case is asked to contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, by texting CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES (274637) or by submitting a web tip. Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest or indictment. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous.

Advances in DNA technology allow our Forensic Science Unit (FSU) to compare evidence collected in cold cases to DNA samples of certain arrested and convicted offenders stored in state and national databases. In 2008, FSU submitted evidence from this case and identified a suspect, William Charles Davis III, 32, of Charles County.

Detectives began re-examining the case. In May 2008, soon after the DNA match was discovered, Davis was indicted by a Charles County Grand Jury on charges of rape and other sex offenses. He was ultimately convicted and is serving a life sentence for his crimes.