Police Arrest Man for Assaults at Rockville Recovery Houses

Police Arrest Man for Assaults at Rockville Recovery Houses

Stepping Stones Recovery Houses discharged resident after becoming aware of police investigation, CEO says

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Steven G. Mitchell

Via Montgomery County Police

For the second time, police have arrested a man associated with substance abuse recovery houses in Montgomery County and charged him with committing rape and sexual assault at the facilities.

Steven G. Mitchell, 53, of Rockville, was arrested Thursday for rape and sexual assault charges stemming from an attack at a Stepping Stones recovery house in Rockville on July 7.

Chris Shannon, CEO of Stepping Stones Recovery Houses, said Mitchell had been a resident at the homes. Mitchell was discharged as a resident as soon as Stepping Stones became aware of a police investigation, Shannon said Thursday. Stepping Stones operates recovery houses throughout Maryland, including in Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring.

Mitchell is charged with two separate sexual assaults in Stepping Stones facilities.

The first took place on March 21, 2017. On that day, police say a woman was visiting a resident of the Stepping Stones house located at 602 First St. in Rockville. Mitchell asked to speak to the woman in his room. When she walked in, he pushed her down on the bed and sexually assaulted her, according to a police press release.

More than a year later, police were contacted by a second alleged victim at a different Stepping Stones house. That woman, who was a resident of the Stepping Stones house located at 208 Reading Terrace in Rockville, said she was sexually assaulted by a man at the house on July 7. Police say an investigation revealed that the house manager called Mitchell and asked for his help in evaluating an intoxicated resident. Mitchell arrived and went into the victim’s room on two occasions that evening and sexually assaulted her each time, according to a police press release.

Mitchell was arrested July 13 for the March 2017 assault after a DNA comparison by police. He was charged with second-degree rape, fourth-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault and released July 16, according to online court records. A hearing in that case is scheduled for Friday in District Court.

A new warrant for the July 7 assault was issued this week and Mitchell was arrested Thursday. He is charged with two counts of third-degree sexual offense, two counts of fourth-degree sexual contact without consent and four counts of second-degree rape.

Audrey Creighton, who is listed as Mitchell’s defense attorney in the earlier case, gave no comment about the charges when reached by phone.

Special Victims Investigations Division detectives are concerned that there may be other victims. Anyone who believes that they have been victimized by Mitchell is asked to call Special Victims Investigations detectives at 240-773-5400.

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