WESTMINSTER — A 39-year-old Mount Airy man faces up to 20 years in jail after his Wednesday conviction on child abuse charges.
Charles Miller pleaded not guilty to charges that he forced a 9-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and fondled her after picking her up from a Brownie Scout meeting in February.
Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. found Miller guilty of the charges after hearing a statement of facts read by Senior AssistantState's Attorney Kathi Hill.
Hill said Miller was a friend of thegirl's family and had sexually abused her several times.
She saidthe girl never told her mother before because the man had never hurther. Hill said the girl told the last time because Miller hurt her with his fingers.
Hill said the girl also never told anyone becauseMiller told her that if she did, no one would believe her.
Burns ordered Miller to undergo a pre-sentence investigation before his Oct. 2 sentencing.
JUDGE DENIES REDUCTION
WESTMINSTER -- A Carroll Circuit judge on Wednesday denied a request by a city man that his five-year prison term for sexually abusing his stepdaughters be reduced.
The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, pleaded guilty to child abuse in Carroll Circuit Court last November.
According to a statement of facts in the case, the manbegan abusing his then-14-year-old stepdaughter when she was in the ninth grade.
The man would talk about sex to the girl and then fondle her and take pictures of her.
The man was arrested and chargedwith one count of child abuse and one count of unnatural and perverted sexual practices in June 1990.
The second charge was dropped inexchange for the man's guilty plea.
After hearing the statement of facts, Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. convicted the man of abuse.
In February, Burns sentenced the man to 10 years in the state Department of Corrections, but suspended five years.
On Wednesday, theman and his attorney, Julian S. Brewer Jr. of Baltimore, asked Burnsto move him to the Carroll County Detention Center and place him on work release so he could meet his financial obligations.
Burns denied the request, saying he didn't hear anything last week that wasn'tdiscussed at the man's sentencing in February.
CRASH KILLS ONE
WESTMINSTER -- A 77-year-old city woman was listed in critical condition late Friday following a Thursday morning collision with a tractor-trailer that killed her husband.
Gladys Ida Linton of the 200 blockof Matthew Court was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore.
Her husband, 77-year-old Vernon Andrew Linton, was killed when the couple's 1989 Cadillac Coupe DeVille collided with a 1985 Freightline Cabover tractor-trailer on Route 27 at Stone Chapel Road.
State police said the Cadillac pulled onto Route 27 from eastbound Stone Chapel Road when the accident occurred. The tractor-trailer, driven by Herbert Robinson of York, Pa., was traveling south on Route 27.
Robinson, 55, was not injured in the accident.
Police said no charges have been filed in the case.
MAN FACES RAPE CHARGE
WESTMINSTER -- City police have charged a 22-year-old man with first-degree rape in connectionwith an attack on an East Main Street woman in her apartment.
Richard Allen Pyles, also of East Main Street, also was charged with breaking and entering and assault and battery.
Police said the 47-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld to protect her privacy, told them that a man knocked at her door around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
When she answered, the man pushed his way in and then took her to the bedroom, where he forced her to have sexual intercourse.
The woman was able to get away from the bedroom and ran to another room where she used the phone to call a friend, police said.
The friend called police, who arrived at the apartment while the man was still in the bedroom, police said.
Pyles was being held without bail late Fridayat the Carroll County Detention Center.
FUND STARTED FOR VICTIMS
SILVER RUN -- Residents, businesses and civic groups have started twofund drives to help a couple whose three children were killed July 7in a car crash.
The children of Russell Michael and Betty Lou Corbett -- Jacqueline Michelle, 5, Russell Michael Jr., 3, and Loren Cassidy, 18 months -- were killed when the family's 1991 Ford Taurus crossed the center line and hit a Jeep Cherokee head on.
Betty Lou Corbett, 24, was listed in serious but stable condition late Friday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore. Russell Michael Corbett, 26, was listed in serious but stable condition late Friday at Washington County General Hospital.
Neighbors of the family on Humbert Schoolhouse Road and the St. Charles Council ofthe Knights of Columbus have set up a fund to help the parents with the cost of rehabilitation.
Contributions can be sent to: The Corbett Family Fund, Westminster Bank & Trust, 3416 Littlestown Pike, Union Mills, Md.
For more information, call William Lee at 922-0123 or 346-7215.