HIV-positive man charged with raping boy on Appalachian Trail


BOONSBORO, Md. (AP) — Authorities say an HIV-positive man has been charged with raping a boy on the Appalachian Trail in western Maryland.

Jason Henry Cochrane, 43, of Millersville is charged with sex abuse of a minor, second-degree rape and other counts in Washington County.

A judge earlier this week ordered Cochrane held without bond while he awaits trial.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said in court documents that officers were called Saturday morning to the Pine Knob Shelter on the Appalachian Trail near the border with Frederick County.

Officers found Cochrane and an adolescent boy in a camping tent north of the shelter that contained condoms and sex toys.

Police say DNA tests confirmed sexual contact and that Cochrane gave the boy crystal meth.

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