Man To Serve 19 Years in the Department of Corrections for 2 Counts of 2nd Degree Rape


For Immediate Release

May 13, 2024

Man To Serve 19 Years in the Department of Corrections for

 2 Counts of 2nd Degree Rape


Frederick, MD – Today, in the Frederick County Circuit Court, Nicholas Wayne Summers was sentenced to 40 years in the Department of Corrections, suspending all but a 19-year active sentence to be served in the Division of Corrections, for 2 counts of 2nd degree rape.  The State’s Attorney’s Office worked closely with the victim and her family in the resolution of this case.  The sentence imposed was based on a binding plea agreement entered into by the State and the defense.

In May 2023, a Frederick County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a call for a sexual assault of a minor that occurred previously.  The concerned mother of the minor victim told the deputy her child made a social media post about a traumatic incident the child experienced in the past.  The mother talked with the child and learned the defendant committed multiple sexual assaults on the child in Montgomery and Frederick counties over a three-year period.

State’s Attorney, Charlie Smith stated, “The year-long collaboration between Frederick County Sheriff’s Office detectives and the State’s Attorney’s Office brought justice to the victim and the victim’s family today.  We will continue to hold predators accountable in Frederick.”

Upon release from the Department of Corrections, Summers will serve 5 years of specialized sex offender supervision. Additionally, he will be subject to lifetime sex offender supervision and lifetime sex offender registration.  His conditions include no contact with the victim, no unsupervised contact with minors, internet and GPS monitoring, and a prohibition from possessing any/all firearms.

The State was represented by Assistant State’s Attorney, Erin Pearl, Special Victims Unit.

Press Contact:

Jacqueline Rottmann

Court Media Relations Officer


100 West Patrick Street

Frederick, Maryland  21701


Howard County Man to Serve 2 Years in the Department of Corrections After Pleading Guilty to 1 Count of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor

Press Release

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2024

Howard County Man to Serve 2 Years in the Department of Corrections After Pleading Guilty to

 1 Count of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor



Frederick, Maryland – Today in Frederick County Circuit Court, Judge Scott Rolle accepted the guilty plea of Scott Paul Locastro, 51 years old, for one count of sexual solicitation of a minor.  Locastro currently resides in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

On January 3, 2024, a Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputy, with the INTERCEPT Task Force, performing an online investigation and posing as a 13-year-old female, received text messages from Scott Locastro containing sexualized conversation, including soliciting the “minor” for sexual acts multiple times.  The defendant also asked the “minor” if he could go to her house and hide in her closet.  Furthermore, the defendant, asked the “minor” to meet at various locations including the park, a hotel room and his truck.

A subpoena was served to Verizon Wireless for the phone number used to communicate with the Sheriff’s Office deputy.  Scott Locastro was determined to be the account subscriber of the phone number.  In addition, GPS and physical surveillance revealed the defendant to be traveling in a black Chevy Cruz from the area of Livestock Road, West Friendship, MD to Frederick County, MD.  When the defendant arrived at the prearranged meeting point, he was arrested.  The defendant admitted to communicating with multiple minors and exchanging explicit, nude images with them.

The Frederick County Circuit Court sentenced Locastro to 10 years, suspend all but 2 years, in the Department of Corrections.  The Maryland sentencing guidelines for this case was probation to 2 years.  Probation will include five years of COMET-supervised probation, a psycho-sexual evaluation and sex-offender treatment.  The defendant must comply with specialized sexual offender supervision – offense specific treatment, medication, polygraph testing, computer monitoring, electronic tracking and curfew/geographic restriction.

The defendant will register as a Tier-2 Sex Offender Registrant and cannot have under unsupervised contact with any minor children. All other standard conditions of supervised probation apply.

Chief Counsel Joyce King represented the State of Maryland.

Press Contact:

Jacqueline Rottmann

Communications Specialist





October 7, 2022


FREDERICK, MD – This morning in Frederick County Circuit Court, Joshua Eckenrode, age 20, of Frederick was sentenced by Judge Julie Stevenson Solt to a Life sentence with all but forty years suspended in the Division of Corrections on one count of first-degree murder and a consecutive suspended fifty-one-year sentence on a multiple count indictment of possession of a destructive device, possession of explosives without a license, and related weapons charges. Eckenrode entered binding guilty pleas in the March 2021 death of Curtis Mason Smith. The binding nature of the guilty plea agreement means that the sentence cannot be modified unless all parties agree. Upon release from incarceration, Eckenrode must serve five years of supervised probation including all standard conditions, education, evaluation, and testing for substance abuse, abstain from alcohol and controlled dangerous substances and abusive use and illegal possession of prescription drugs, random drug and alcohol testing, mental health evaluation and any treatment as directed, have no contact with the victim’s family and stay away from their residences and places of employment, and undergo GPS monitoring.

On March 19, 2021, members of the Frederick Police Department were dispatched to a missing person’s report in the city of Frederick. Later that night Curtis Mason Smith was entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing adult. On March 20, 2021, the body of Curtis Mason Smith was located in his vehicle in the area of the 8100 block of Runnymeade Drive.  He suffered a fatal gunshot wound.  Through a joint investigation, detectives determined that Eckenrode and Smith agreed to the sale of a firearm at the defendant’s residence.  During the transaction, Eckenrode fatally shot Smith.  A search and seizure warrant was authorized for the search of Eckenrode’s residence that subsequently revealed firearms, assembled explosive devices, and bomb making material.

The investigation leading to the arrest and indictments of Eckenrode was a coordinated effort led by the Frederick County Sheriff Detective Joshua Stears and Frederick Police Department Detective Tyler Deatrich. Also assisting in the investigation was the Office of the Fire Marshal of Frederick County and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The State was represented by Chief Assistant State’s Attorneys Michael J. Moore and Rebecca K. Clinton and Assistant State’s Attorney Samantha Slattery.


FREDERICK, MD – This afternoon in Frederick County Circuit Court, the Honorable Judge Theresa Adams sentenced Corey Robert Welch, age 18, of Frederick, to a total of fifteen years in prison suspending all but four years in the Division of Corrections for 1st Degree Assault and Hate Crime charges. Welch must also serve five years supervised probation upon his release from prison. The defendant has been held in custody since the incident. This case was brought before the Frederick Grand Jury February 21, 2020 so that the then-17-year-old defendant could face charges in the adult system. The State was successful in keeping this case in adult court after Welch’s defense petitioned and argued to move the case to juvenile jurisdiction.



In the evening and early morning hours of February 15th and 16th, 2020, the victim and defendant were both attending a house party in the 6900 Block of Meadowlake Road in New Market. At some point in the evening, the defendant made comments toward the victim about what he perceived was the victim’s sexual orientation. Uncomfortable, the victim decided to leave the party and wait outside to be picked up by a ride-share driver. As the victim walked outside, the defendant tackled the victim from behind. Welch placed the victim in a headlock, and began strangling him while demanding his belongings.  Martin Gieser, the co-defendant, assisted by standing on the victim’s legs and holding him down.  The victim pleaded with Welch to take his belongings and stop the assault.  The victim reported losing consciousness three times during the attack as a result of being strangled.  Each time he would regain consciousness, Welch grew more and more irate, and began to beat the victim in the head.  The attack continued despite Welch and co-defendant Gieser obtaining the victim’s property.  After some time, the ride-share driver arrived on scene and observed Welch strangling and beating the victim. Welch approached the driver, and said they would be a few more minutes. Throughout the course of the attack, Welch repeatedly called the victim by anti-gay slurs.


On February 16, 2020 at approximately 12:37 am, deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched for the report of the assault in progress. Deputies quickly located the victim and then positively identified both defendants as the perpetrators of the attack. Investigators determined the victim’s injuries were consistent with strangulation including red marks, swelling of the neck, and a raspy voice. Additionally, the victim sustained a concussion and leg injury.


The State believes that through evidence and witness accounts, Welch was motivated to attack this victim due to his perception of the victim’s sexual orientation. Assistant State’s Attorneys Laura Corbett Wilt and Will Prunka commented, “A Division of Correction sentence was appropriate for this crime.  Targeting a person because of their perceived sexual orientation is completely unacceptable.   The conviction and sentencing show our commitment to all members of the Frederick County community.  Welch’s actions caused not only physical injury, but psychological trauma that is clearly evident to this day. The victim and his family are satisfied that justice has been served and that this marks a moment of closure in this terrible ordeal.  ”



The State was represented by Juvenile Division Chief Laura Corbett Wilt and Assistant State’s Attorney Will Prunka.





State’s Attorney Charlie Smith Against Proposed Sentencing Modification Rule Change

FREDERICK, MD –  Today, State’s Attorney Charlie Smith sent a letter to members of the Rules Committee for the Maryland Court of Appeals to express his opposition to a proposed change in Rule 4-345, which gives the court the power of sentencing modification. Under a recent proposal, offenders receiving lengthy sentences for heinous crimes committed before the age of 25 or those that are 65 and older and deemed “not likely to be a danger to anyone if released” would be eligible for reconsideration of their sentence. Smith’s opposition to the change is driven by a strong desire to protect victims from the additional trauma of sentence modification hearings.


Smith wrote, “The age of the defendant at the time of the crime, or their age after they have served a significant portion of their sentence, has little import when compared to the devastating lifelong impact of these type crimes.  Parole already exists and, if appropriate, may be granted.  To change Rule 4-345 in the manner suggested is to chip away at a victim’s rights in the Criminal Justice System.”


LINK: Smith Letter to Rules Committee



FREDERICK, MD – In a written legal opinion released today, Frederick Circuit Court Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. ruled that the 15-year-old respondent charged in connection with the Great Frederick Fair attack on John Weed September 20, 2019, will remain in the juvenile system. The respondent is charged with manslaughter, 1st degree assault, and 2nd degree assault.

After reviewing Judge Nicklas’ ruling, State’s Attorney Charlie Smith commented, “Prosecutors Rebecca Clinton and Laura Wilt worked very hard to provide a compelling argument for waiver. However, we have to respect the Judge’s ruling while continuing to seek justice for Mr. Weed’s family. Smith added, “This has been a sad situation that unfortunately has divided our community. We will continue to fight for the victim’s family, while respecting the decision.”

A waiver hearing was held on February 21st in which the State and defense presented arguments. A waiver hearing is a hearing in which the Court decides whether to grant or deny the State’s request to waive the juvenile to adult court jurisdiction.    The State filed waiver petitions on both juveniles charged in this case which alleged that based on a number of factors the particular youths should be tried as adults, rather than in juvenile court.  The factors the court considers include the seriousness and nature of the offense, public safety, age of the youth, mental and physical condition, and the youth’s alleged amenability to juvenile rehabilitative measures.

Judge Julie Solt ruled that both respondents charged in the Frederick Fair incident would have closed courtroom waiver hearings, meaning anyone not directly involved in the case is not permitted inside.  Judges often close the courtroom to the public for juvenile proceedings to protect the confidentiality of matters about the youth.



Both respondents in this case have now had waiver hearings and it has been determined that they will remain in the juvenile system.


Antonio Little Sentenced to Serve 25 Years for Distribution of Heroin

FREDERICK – Antonio Little, 44, of Frederick, MD appeared for sentencing today in the Circuit Court for Frederick County, Maryland for the charge of distribution of heroin.  The Honorable William R. Nicklas, Jr., concurring with the State’s recommended sentence, ordered Mr. Little to serve 25 years of incarceration in the Division of Correction.

On September 28, 2017, the Frederick Police Department responded to a residence on East Second Street in downtown Frederick for a suspected fatal drug overdose.  The scene indicated that the male victim had ingested heroin.  A subsequent autopsy revealed that he had died of a mixed drug intoxication, including heroin and fentanyl.  The Frederick Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Unit opened an investigation into the matter.  Investigators were able to confirm that Antonio Little and his codefendant, Tracy Frost, had conspired to supply heroin to the victim the night before. Mr. Little was the point of connection – he knew the overdose victim and communicated with him to set up the purchase of heroin. Mr. Little and his codefendant both were present and took part in the distribution on September 27, 2017.  Mr. Little plead guilty to distribution of heroin on July 17, 2018.

The State was represented by Assistant State’s Attorney Colleen K. Swanson.

J. Charles Smith, III

State’s Attorney for Frederick County, Maryland