UPDATE: More Victims Have Come Forward – Newburg Man Charged with Sex Abuse of 4-Year-Old

December 1, 2017
Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg

Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg

UPDATE: 12/1/2017: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation of Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg, who was arrested on Nov. 22, 2017, and charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

Since his arrest, two other victims have come forward and reported Rohls had sexually assaulted them when they were young girls.

Detectives have information Rohls may have assaulted even more children, mostly girls between the ages of 4-7, who may have had ties with his family.

The assaults may have occurred between 1978 and November 2017, in the homes of families he visited and in his own house on Morgantown Road in Newburg.

Anyone whose children may have had contact with Rohls, and who believes their child may have been assaulted by him, should contact Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Rohls was charged with several sexual child abuse related offenses.

11/22/2017: Charles County Sheriff’s detectives arrested Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg, in connection with fondling a 4-year-old girl who was at Rohls’ home with relatives recently.

Rohls was arrested on November 22, 2017, at his home in the 9900 block of Morgantown Road, in Newburg.

After speaking with Rohls, detectives learned he may have sexually assaulted other children over the years – the number is unknown – who were most likely between the ages of 4 to 7 years old. Rohls has lived in Newburg most of his life.

Anyone whose children may have had contact with Rohls, and who believes their child may have been assaulted by him, should contact Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474.

Rohls was charged with sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense, and second-degree assault.

Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg

Joseph Elmer Rohls, 80, of Newburg


28 Responses to UPDATE: More Victims Have Come Forward – Newburg Man Charged with Sex Abuse of 4-Year-Old

  1. Adam 12 on November 22, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Another POS dirty old man. He will get a life sentence.

  2. Anonymous on November 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    This man is a miserable worthless POS. I hope they give this turd a life sentence and force him to live his remaining couple of years in confinement. He has probably been getting away with this for decades. We really need to institute the death penalty for people who sexually abuse children.

  3. Jrock on November 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    See what yall get for letting trump in office.now his father is touching kids

    • jenn on November 27, 2017 at 9:16 am

      still crying over Trump won, go yell in the street. you leftist have a mental illness because you have to blame someone for everything especially Trump. Go enjoy Life instead of worrying about the Troubles of the day. Seize the Moment because tomorrow you might be dead.

    • Charles Jenkins on November 27, 2017 at 9:55 am

      He’s a typical elderly liberal Democrat, no doubt. Probably donates to Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, too! Yes, he is one of many turds that are destroying our children’s future.

    • Anonymous on November 27, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Epic Fail. Nice try you Dindu.

    • Jrock'sDaddy on November 27, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      Just like you do, birds of a feather flock together.

    • Charles on November 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Yep that is the face of a Trump voter. Grab America by the p***y

      • Anonymous on December 4, 2017 at 11:23 am

        Guess you missed the whole Anthony Weiner and Al Franken news stories. FAIL.

  4. bigdoocey on November 22, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Death penalty is more than warranted for child predators. There is no “rehabbing” this kind of evil. A bullet is the only justice you need in cases like this.

  5. the truth on November 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    And another one

  6. Somebody you used to know on November 22, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Revoke his Social Security and Medicaid!!

  7. Nick on November 22, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    If you do this at 80 years old, what in hell did you do to children when you were younger?
    Child molesters make me sick!

  8. Sorrynotsorry on November 22, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I know he is old, but I hope he is harmed significantly in jail. That is all

  9. Anonymous on November 22, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Really!!! 4 years old!!!! I just don’t understand what this world is coming to. There are so many sick and f’d up people in this world.

  10. Old S.E. Dog on November 23, 2017 at 1:18 am

    HOPE YOU CROAK IN JAIL YOU PIECE OF CRAP

  11. Scumbaghater on November 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    sickening turd. old sickening turd. how many victims does he have in his 80 year old life

  12. Old S.E. Dog on November 24, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Worthless excuse for a human being

  13. Joe on November 24, 2017 at 8:47 am

    4 yrs old? Really?

  14. Robbie Zeigler on November 24, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    that old bastard is 80 years old and you know this has been a life time of abuse to God know how many kids, sick sick sick

  15. Anonymous on November 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    But I dint do nuffin.

  16. Anonymous on November 27, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Just not right. I hope he gets what’s coming to him. At 80, how many could there be? God help this world. What has it come to. Only 4 years old. So sad

  17. ConcernedMother on November 27, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Just not right. I hope he gets what’s coming to him. At 80, how many could there be? God help this world. What has it come to. Only 4 years old. So sad

  18. anonymous on December 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Guess smnewsnet doesn’t believe in free speech they wanna delete all the comments on the brutal beating, yet they throw everyone under the bus they can. Pieces of s**t, can’t even put the writers name on any of the articles, bunch of p*****s.

    • Malcolm X on December 6, 2017 at 10:40 am

      And yet here you are commenting……

  19. Anonymous on December 4, 2017 at 9:07 am

    “UPDATE: More Victims Have Come Forward”. Of course there are more victims. This turd is older then dirt and I doubt he woke up one day last year and decided to be a pedophile. If they look hard enough they will probably find victims dating back to the 1940’s. This is why we need the death penalty for convicted pedophiles. They can’t be cured and letting them out of prison is a danger to any child they come in contact with. At the very least they should castrate them. They will still be a danger but this takes away one of their driving factors.

  20. Pam on December 5, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I hope they take him down in the pin!!! he deserver’s to be raped and beat.
    all you people talking about Trump could care a less about these children!!! You just want to get on here and run you stupid mouth!!

  21. Harvey Weinstein on December 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    What a monster