Mardela Springs Foster Father Arrested on More Child Sex Charges

Posted: Jul 01, 2011 1:02 PM EDT<em class="wnDate">Friday, July 1, 2011 1:02 PM EST</em>

By Kye Parsons - email

 Stephen James Merritt

MARDELA SPRINGS, Md.- A Mardela Springs foster father arrested in March on charges that he sexually abused three teenage boys is facing new charges following accusations that he sexually abused four more boys.
According to Wicomico County Circuit Court records, the four additional boys are alleging that 39-year-old Stephen James Merritt sexually abused them at his home located on the 24000 block of Main Street Extended.

As a result of an investigation into these latest allegations, a grand jury this week indicted Merritt on the charges of sexual abuse of a minor, second- and third-degree sex offense, and child abuse.

According to charging documents, the incidents allegedly occurred between January 1998 and December 2007, when the four victims were between the ages of 12 and 13.

Merritt has been locked up in the Wicomico County Detention Center since March. Bond for this latest set of charges has been set at $250,000.