Dover Man Charged with Child Sexual Abuse and Other Offenses by City Police

A Dover man has been charged with child sexual abuse and other offenses, city police said Wednesday.

Some of the charges against Thomas Spicer, 40, of the first block of Par Haven Drive, stem from allegations he threatened the child with a knife and forced the child to consume drugs and alcohol, Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump said.

Investigation determined that the assaults occurred in 2010-11 in a home in the 800 block of Woodcrest Turn in Dover, Stump said.

Police did not disclose how or when the allegations surfaced, or release other details of the allegations.

Spicer, arrested Tuesday, was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person of trust, unlawful sexual contact with a child younger than 12 years old, aggravated menacing, terroristic threatening, endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of unlawfully administering drugs.

He was committed to Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna after failing to post $112,000 secured bail.

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Bear Man Charged with Groping a Girl and a Woman at Battery Park in New Castle

After a police chase down Del. 9, a Bear man was charged with groping a teenage girl and a woman at Battery Park in New Castle, police reported this morning.

The incident unfolded about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when New Castle City officer Paul Allston, on patrol in the area, was alerted by a woman who called 911.

The woman pointed to a man she said fondled a 16-year-old girl’s buttocks moments earlier on the park’s walking path as well as grabbing a 44-year-old woman around the waist, Lt. Adam P. Brams said.

The man, identified as Gregory S. Byerly, 43, of the 1700 block of Barbara Circle, got in his truck and maneuvered around the officer’s vehicle and fled, striking a parked vehicle, Brams said.

He said Byerly refused to pull over and drove recklessly until he was boxed in and stopped on Del. 9 near Federal School Lane after striking the rear of a police vehicle. No one was injured.

Byerly was charged with unlawful sexual contact, offensive touching, disregarding an officer’s signal, aggressive driving, leaving the scene of an accident and other traffic offenses.

He was being held in Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $5225 secured bond pending a preliminary hearing.