Further charges were filed last week against a Frederick man accused of rape, according to the latest list of grand jury indictments returned Friday by the state’s attorney’s office.

Lucas Mariano Alfaro, 53, was originally charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault and third-degree sex offense on Dec. 30 after the alleged victim filed a criminal complaint against him on the advice of her attorney.

Frederick police said they were first made aware of the allegations in late 2017 and had been planning to charge Alfaro via a Frederick County Circuit Court indictment when the alleged victim filed her own complaint in District Court, according to stories published previously in The Frederick News-Post. Prosecutors appear to have dropped the second-degree assault charge and added five counts pf sex abuse of a minor and one count of abducting a child under 16 for purposes of prostitution, according to Friday’s list of indictments.

Alfaro was in his 40s and the alleged victim was 13 when they first met at a funeral in El Salvador in 2010, according to the complaint of the alleged victim, who is now an adult. Later that same year, Alfaro paid for the woman to be smuggled illegally into the United States, meeting her in Las Vegas and driving her back to his home in Frederick, according to accounts detailed in previous stories.

Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith, speaking after the release of the grand jury indictments, explained the rationale behind the added charges as primarily influenced by Alfaro’s actions in arranging for the woman to brought into the country in order to continue what Smith described as an ongoing history of sexual abuse.

“[Police] were able to do an extensive amount of investigation in El Salvador and learned that he actually paid to bring her over and that was the basis of the prostitution charge, the fact that he paid to bring this 13- or 14-year-old girl into the United States. ... Basically, he paid to bring her over as his ‘child partner,’ so we felt that it really didn’t fit into a human trafficking situation so much as it was a prostitution offense,” Smith said.

In addition to Alfaro, 13 other indictments were handed up Friday by the grand jury.

  • Roy Edward Gibbs, 64, of Taneytown, was indicted on two counts of possession of child pornography and 10 counts of promoting or distributing child pornography.
  • Harley B. Hale, 39, of Austin, Texas, was indicted on charges of second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault.
  • Anthony Jason Young Jr. 34, of Frederick, was indicted on two counts each of armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, and use of a firearm in a felony or violent crime, as well as one count each of theft from $100 to $1,500, illegal possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, wearing/carrying a handgun, and possession of a firearm by an individual previously convicted of a crime of violence.
  • Roberto O. Pastora, 33, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was indicted on charges of possession with intent to distribute psychedelic mushrooms, possession of psychedelic mushrooms, possession of greater than 10 grams of marijuana, possession and possession with intent to distribute tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the traffic offenses.
  • Jason Myers Thorn, 42, of Grafton, West Virginia, was indicted on charges of distribution and possession with intent to distribute a mixture of fentanyl and heroin, possession and possession with intent to distribute both heroin and fentanyl, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Darin Savon Pope, 26, of Frederick, was indicted on charges of second-degree rape and second-degree assault.
  • Ashley Wyatt Burall, 58, of Frederick, was indicted on seven counts of possessing a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony drug offense, two counts of possession of a rifle or shotgun after a conviction for a disqualifying crime, two counts of possession of a rifle or shotgun after a felony conviction, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, possession of a firearm with a felony conviction, illegal possession of ammunition, 16 counts of cruelty to animals by failure to provide and two counts of cruelty to animals.
  • Jason Seoane-Gonzalez, 37, of Frederick, was indicted on charges of second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault.
  • Steward E. Pumphrey, 41, of Mount Airy, was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
  • Colton James Knestout, 26, of Thurmont, was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.
  • Jay Wayne Bowser, 35, of Frederick, was indicted on charges of second-degree child abuse and first- and second-degree assault.
  • Sean Thomas Imes Jr., 17, of Frederick, was charged as an adult and indicted on charges of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first- and second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, theft from $100 to $1,500 and conspiracy to commit theft from $100 to $1,500.
  • Tyrell Jermaine Sullivan, 32, of Frederick, was indicted on three counts each of first-degree burglary, malicious destruction of property and possession of a firearm with a previous felony conviction, four counts of theft from $100 to $1,500, two counts of theft from $1,500 to $25,000, and one count each of theft scheme from $1,500 to $25,000 and illegal possession of ammunition.

An indictment is a charging document alleging criminal conduct. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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