Man sentenced to 6 years for abuse of girl

April 30, 1992|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff Writer

A Pomfret man was sentenced yesterday to six years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl, after a judge last month rejected an earlier plea agreement of two years in jail as too lenient.

Glenn G. Toms, 49, pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and child abuse before Howard County Circuit Judge Raymond J. Kane Jr. He admitted sexually abusing the Jessup girl since she was 7 and fathering the child the girl gave birth to in October 1990 at age 13.

Last month, county Circuit Judge Cornelius F. Sybert Jr. rejected a plea agreement recommended by the state in which Toms would have served no more than two years in jail for pleading guilty to one count of child abuse.

Judge Sybert called the deal "far out of line" and said he could not accept it in good conscience.

As part of the second plea agreement, before Judge Kane, Assistant State's Attorney Walter Closson recommended that Toms serve six years of a 10-year sentence, with the remaining four suspended. Mr. Closson also requested that Toms pay for the cost of counseling for the victim and that he initiate no contact with the victim or her family.

Judge Kane accepted the state's recommendations and ordered Toms to serve five years of supervised probation. He sentenced Toms to 10 years for each of the three counts, to be served concurrently, with four years suspended.

Mr. Closson said that the revised plea contained a longer sentence because Judge Sybert had rejected the first plea.

"Quite frankly, our office felt this is a more appropriate plea," Mr. Closson said.

He said the previous plea had been arranged by former `f prosecutor Lillian P. Clark, who left the state's attorney's office last month.

The 14-year-old victim is the daughter of Toms' longtime girlfriend, who also has a child by Toms.

The victim's mother said that Toms sexually abused her daughter in their home while she was at work.

"All I have to say about the whole situation is, 'I'm sorry,' " Toms said before his sentencing. "I thought I was a better person than I was."

The victim's mother said she was pleased with the second plea agreement and with how the state's attorney's office handled the negotiations.

"The state was much more cooperative in working with the family this time, after all the press attention," she said.

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