Royal Quinn

After a four day trial, a 26-year-old man from Gwynn Oak was convicted of first-degree rape and other offenses for a brutal 2019 assault involving an 11-year-old girl at Norwood Elementary.

Prosecutors said in a statement after the verdict last week that they’d be seeking a life sentence, without parole, for Royal Quinn during his sentencing hearing, currently scheduled for Dec. 16.

Quinn was arrested in December of 2019 a few days after the incident, where police say he grabbed an 11-year-old girl from behind while she was walking on a footpath near the baseball fields at Norwood Elementary School.

Police said he dragged her to a grassy area, threw her to the ground, and sexually assaulted her. He left the scene, and she went to the school for help. Police obtained video and other evidence and found Quinn.

State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger (D) said in a statement that the girl was “so strong to walk into the courtroom and tell this terrible story,” and said she was “truly brave.”

Quinn was found guilty of first-degree rape, attempted first-degree rape and kidnapping.