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Escaped DE inmate arrested on rape charges in Queen Anne's Co.

QUEEN ANNE'S COUNTY, Md. - Deputies with the Queen Anne County Sheriff's Office say that a Chestertown man was arrested for rape on Thursday afternoon.

Deputies say that they were called to the ER of the Chester River Medical Center for a report of a sex assault happening the day before. The female victim reportedly had visible head and neck injuries, along with bruises to her side, cuts to her legs and a black eye.

The victim allegedly reported that she was at the Courtyard Inn on Church Hill Road near Chestertown with a man she had known for two months. The victim said she knew the man as Simon Gray but she reportedly recently found out that his real name was Jeff Kindle.

Deputies say that the victim said she argued with Kindle before leaving to go to her Chestertown Apartment. A little while later, Kindle reportedly arrived at her apartment, forced her into a car, drove to the Courtyard Inn and tried to force her into a room.

After being unable to get her into a room, deputies say that Kindle forced the victim back into the car and drove to a place on Leverage Road. The victim said that she was then dragged into the woods where Kindle forced her to the ground and began to hit her in the face and kick her in the side.

Deputies say that the victim's clothes were ripped as Kindle started to assault her. The victim said that she did not remember how she got home but that she ran to a friend's home who called police.

Charges were issued for the arrest of 36-year-old Jeffrey Ronald Kindle of Chestertown, for first and second degree rape, four counts of sex offenses, perverted practice, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, dangerous weapon with intent to injure and malicious destruction of property.

Kindle was found by Chestertown Police as he was walking in the parking lot of Chester River Medical Center. Detectives from the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office responded to Chestertown and took him to Sheriff's Headquarters.

Detectives reportedly learned that Kindle was wanted for escape from the Morris Community Corrections Facility in Delaware. After Kindle was processed at Sheriff's Headquarters, a district court commissioner held Kindle without bail.

Deputies say that Kindle is also a registered sex offender in Delaware for a 2001 fourth degree rape of a victim under 16.


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