Glen Burnie man is sentenced to 3-year term for sexual abuse

September 20, 1992

A 58-year-old Glen Burnie man, described as a good neighbor and regular at Sunday church services, was sentenced Friday to three years in prison after he was convicted of sexually abusing three neighborhood boys he invited into his home.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered the sentence for Thomas Dalton Estes III, who entered an Alford plea Aug. 4 to one count of sexual child abuse and two counts of third-degree sex offense.

In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction.

In exchange for the plea, three other charges against Estes were dropped.

The boys' parents said after the sentencing yesterday that they felt justice was served with Estes going to prison.

But they also said no sentence would repair the damages to their lives.

"You can't take back what he's done. No amount of [prison] time would pay for that," one mother said.

Charges in two of the cases stem from several incidents between January 1990 and August 1991 when Estes molested two boys, now 7 and 10, at his house in the 500 block of Joy Circle.

Estes was also convicted of molesting another boy, now 10, on at least 15 occasions between May 1990 and June 1991.

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