WESTINSTER — WESTMINSTER -- A 19-year-old city man goes on trial tomorrow morningon charges of sexually abusing his 10-year-old half-sister last July.
The Pennsylvania Avenue man -- whose name is being withheld by The Carroll County Sun to protect the girl's identity -- was arrested July 18 by Westminster City Police after an officer on another call reported observing the 10-year-old performing oral sex on the man.
The man and the girl were visible through a closed screen door, police said.
Officer Edward Smith was on a call at the apartment building at about 5 p.m. when he witnessed the act, court records show.
Both the girl and her half-brother were taken to police headquarters at 5:30 p.m. by Smith.
The girl, who had been crying, told police investigators that she felt uncomfortable and that her half-brother had forced her to perform the act, charging documents say.
She engaged in the sex act because "he grabbed her head and put it there," police reported.
Both parents were not at home at the time, police said. The man, who lived in the same apartment with his half-sister, was ordered to have no further contact with the 10-year-old, police said.
The man was arrested at police headquarters and taken to the detention center, where he remained until posting $500 bail on a $5,000 bond Aug. 5.
The man was charged with felony child abuse andfelony second-degree sex offense of an under-age victim. He also wascharged with one count of perverted sexual practices and with battery.
If convicted of all charges, the man could face up to 25 years in prison and be fined up to $1,000.
The jury trial is scheduled to be heard by Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold. This is the third attempt at a trial; previous motions made by the man to have the charges dropped were withdrawn late last year.
The man is represented by Judson K. Larrimore of the Public Defender's Office. Assistant State'sAttorney Kathi Hill is prosecuting.