A 55-year-old Glen Burnie man who performed frequently at children's parties as "Billy Lump the Clown" was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for sexual child abuse.
William Howard Nider, a truck driver and part-time entertainer, was convicted last May on two counts of sexual child abuse and one count of unnatural and perverted sexual practices, said Assistant State's Attorney William C. Mulford II. The prosecutor said evidence in the trial showed Nider had sodomized and had oral sex with his stepson from the time the boy was 11 until he was 15.
Mulford said there is no evidence that Nider abused any children at the parties at which he had worked as a clown.
The victim's mother, Linda Nider, said for years she could not understand why her son was a chronic runaway. She said the youth spent time in reform schools and was treated for drug rehabilitation before he finally told her last November that Nider had been abusing him for years.
Mulford said William Nider confessed to the abuse after his arrest last Dec. 8.
Linda Nider said her son often lived on the streets during the times he ran away from home. She said her son, now 17, is going to school, working and living with his fiancee in South Carolina.
Circuit Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth sentenced Nider, of the 7800 block of Bruton Drive, to 10 years on both sexual child abuse convictions and five years for perverted practices. The judge ordered the sentences to be served concurrently.
Leaving the courtroom after the sentencing, Linda Nider was overcome with emotion and had to sit down on a staircase and hold her head. Later she said, "I'm glad he got jail time so he can't hurt anyone else."
Copyright The Baltimore Sun 1990