HURLOCK — Maryland State Police arrested a rape suspect Tuesday, Oct. 29, in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred earlier this month in Dorchester County, according to an MSP news release.

Investigators with the MSP Criminal Enforcement Division, Upper Shore Region, arrested Jason Willis, 43, of Hurlock on charges of first- and second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, first- and second-degree assault, perverted practice, reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.

A woman who said she was acquainted with Willis told state police Willis “had forcibly raped her at his residence on Russell Road in Hurlock,” the release stated.

A search warrant served Tuesday morning led to Willis’ arrest without incident, police said.

Police said Willis was taken to the hospital “due to a matter unrelated to the arrest.”

On release from the hospital, Willis was taken before a Dorchester County District Court commissioner, who ordered he be held without bond at the Dorchester County Detention Center in Cambridge.

Anyone with information about this or any other assault that may have involved Willis is urged to contact lead investigator Tfc. K. Plutschak at 410-819-4782.

The Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Upper Shore Region, comprises investigators assigned to the region. The region consists of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties. Troopers assigned to the unit investigate the most serious and/or time consuming crimes while also providing investigative support to allied agencies in and throughout this area.

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