- Associated Press - Friday, February 18, 2011

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Authorities in Bedford County, Pa., are prosecuting a western Maryland man for a 30-year-old sexual assault on a 9-year-old girl in hopes of keeping him confined.

Prosecuting Attorney Bill Higgins said Thursday he wants 61-year-old John Kroll to die behind bars.

Kroll, of Eckhart, is scheduled for release in March 2012 from prison in Maryland, where he is serving time for kidnapping the girl and assaulting a woman.

Kroll allegedly took the child into neighboring Pennsylvania before molesting her with a sharpened broomstick in March 1980.

He served eight years in the 1970s — including six in a state mental institution — for offenses that included sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl and attacking her with a knife and a tree limb.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, https://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html


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