Molester Of Boys Asking Judge To Drop Rest Of 38-year Jail Term

December 04, 1991|By Maria Archangelo | Maria Archangelo,Staff writer

WESMINSTER — WESTMINSTER -- Clarence Yinger, the former president of the Gamber Volunteer Fire Companywho is serving a 38-year sentence for sexually assaulting young boys, is set to ask a Carroll County judge today to let him out of jail.

In court records, Yinger claims his sentence should be reduced or revised because he is "no longer a danger to society or adolescent males."

Yinger, 41, filed the motion to have his sentence modified in October 1989, one month after he was sentenced to 88 years in prison with 50 years suspended.

Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. has held themotion since then, deciding in recent weeks to schedule a hearing inthe case.

Yinger pleaded guilty in April 1989 to sex offenses involving eight male members of the Junior Firefighters program between 1979 and 1988. They were 11 to 16 years old.

He either forced or paid the youths to let him perform oral sex on them at youth group meetings, Christmas tree sales, bingo nights and in the company bunkhouse, court records show.

In his motion to have his sentence modified, Yinger claims that he has been undergoing therapy at the Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic in Baltimore and has been taking Depo-Provera, a hormone-depressing drug, to help reduce his sex drive.

At his sentencing hearing in September 1989, Dr. Fred Berlin of the clinic testified that Yinger is a homosexual pedophile, or someone who issexually attracted to young boys.

In his modification petition, Yinger maintains that as long as he stays on the medication and attends therapy sessions, he is not a danger to the youth of the county.

Yinger asserts that because he is not a danger, "continued incarceration is not warranted and treatment options should be more vigorouslypursued."

Along with his attorney, Jeff Gray, Yinger plans to askBurns to strike the remainder of his prison sentence and allow him to be placed on five years of probation, according to court records. He is serving his sentence in the Diagnostic and Classification Center, a state correctional facility in Baltimore.

The court documents show Yinger faced prosecution in Carroll Circuit Court for unspecified allegations of sexual abuse in 1974. The case was dropped when Yinger agreed to seek psychiatric help.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill said she will oppose the modification because the sentence Yinger received was fair.

"The sentence he got should now be in the hands of the parole board. It's their job to figure out when he should be released," she said.

Some of Yinger's victims are still tormented by the things he did to them, Hill said.

"Many of these kids have had their lives wrecked. It's not fair to give a sentence and not mean it," she said.

At his sentencing, Hill told the judge that Yinger was a "dangerous criminal" who stalked his victims and studiedthem before assaulting them.

Burns is scheduled to the hear the case at 10 a.m.

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