An Elkridge man convicted of snatching an 8-year-old Brooklyn Park girl from a street corner and molesting her was sentenced Thursday to15 years in prison.
Jeffrey Meredith Chaney, 35, received 15 years for kidnapping and five years, to be served concurrently, for battery and a third-degree sexual offense despite his protests of innocence.
"I work hard, I'm a hunter and a fisherman and a golfer, and I ran my own business. I have no reason to do something like this," Chaney told Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams. "I didn'tdo it, and I swear to God I didn't do it, and I swear to you I didn't do it. . . . Maybe some day they'll find who did it."
Before passing sentence, Williams said, "This is one of the most horrible nightmares of a parent, to have her child snatched up off the street and taken away and molested."
A jury convicted Chaney last December. Witnesses testified that two sisters were on their way to a store when a truck pulled up beside them at a Brooklyn Park intersection during the evening of March 11, 1987.
As her 11-year-old sister watched, the 8-year-old girl was pulled into the truck and driven away.
Thegirl said the man drove behind a truck stop, where he molested her. After he left her in Arbutus, Baltimore County, she went to a house and asked for help.
Chaney, who had no criminal record, did not emerge as a suspect until three years later.
The girls identified theman out of a photo spread. Circumstantial evidence outlined at the trial by Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris included a chemical analysis of a semen stain on the girl's skirt. It showed the attacker had an enzyme only 3.1 percent of white men have, according to aforensic chemist for the state police.
Williams denied a defense motion Thursday for new trial; the conviction will be appealed.
The judge ordered the five-year term to be served concurrently with the15-year sentence, because the child was not seriously hurt. Guidelines prepared as part of a presentence investigation indicated Chaney should receive up to 25 years in prison.
Williams rejected a request from assistant public defender James D. McCarthy Jr. that he set anappeal bond. Chaney has been held in jail in lieu of bond for nine months.