A 35-year-old Pasadena man who has been diagnosed as a pedophile was sentenced yesterday to four years in prison on his second conviction for sexual child abuse.
The man pleaded guilty last June to two counts of sexual child abuse in connection with the abuse of his adopted stepdaughter, who is now 9, and his son, who is 4, said Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris.
The prosecutor said the man began abusing his daughter in 1986, while still on probation for a 1982 conviction for sexual child abuse.
In that case, the man received a five-year suspended sentence and five years probation for sexually abusing his 4-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, Ferris said. A Baltimore County judge also ordered him to undergo counseling in that case.
He began abusing his son in 1989, Ferris said. The abuse was reported last November.
After the man pleaded guilty to in June, he underwent testing at the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic, where he was diagnosed as a pedophile in need of in-patient treatment, Ferris said. She said the report identified the man as likely to continue to sexually abuse children.
Ferris said the man's 9-year-old daughter is receiving counseling.
Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. sentenced the man yesterday to concurrent four-year terms on the two counts of sexual child abuse.