LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Paul Michael Hess, 40, of Charlotte Hall was arrested by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 27, 2018 on three charges: Sexual Abuse of a Minor – Continuing Course of Conduct; Second-Degree Rape and Second-Degree Assault.

On Sept. 26, 2018, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies received information pertaining to a sexual offense involving a 13-year-old female and an adult male. Based on the information received, the investigation was continued by detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) and Child Protective Services. Investigation determined that Hess had sexually abused the juvenile female over a period of time. An arrest warrant was obtained and following his arrest, Hess was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown to await a bond review.

Anyone with further information about this case is asked to contact Detective Cpl. Melissa Hulse at 301-475-4200, ext. *1996 or email Melissa.Hulse@stmarysmd.com.