Chestertown Attempted Rape Suspect Flees

Police are continuing to search for a Church Hill man who walked out of the courthouse last week after a district court judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail for disorderly conduct. Chad Lee Rochester, 23, was waiting to be transported to the Kent County Detention Center on December 16 when he walked out of the courtroom. He fled on foot in an unknown direction, according to Maryland State Police. Police have a warrant on file charging Rochester with second-degree escape. He is described as an African-American male, 5-feet and 10-inches tall and weighing 122 pounds. Anyone with information should call the Centreville barrack at 410-758-1101.

Rochester was out on $100,000 bail awaiting trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Washington College female student on December 6. In this case, which is unrelated to the conviction for disorderly conduct, Rochester is charged with attempted rape; third- and fourth-degree sex offenses; attempted second-degree sex offense; false imprisonment; and, second-degree assault. The charges stem from alleged offenses in the 600 block of High Street, where the woman was attending an off-campus party. Rochester crashed the party, according to police.