Judge orders probation, therapy for sex offender

September 27, 1992|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer

A 21-year-old Aberdeen man, convicted of third-degree sexual offenses, will serve five years of supervised probation with certain conditions attached.

Harford Circuit Judge Cypert O. Whitfill imposed sentence Thursday on Michael Lee Brinegar, who has been incarcerated for more than a year following his arrest on charges of various sexual actions with a child.

Third-degree sexual offenses include fondling and touching.

While entering a not-guilty plea, the defendant agreed to a 10-year suspended sentence. During this period, Brinegar will be on probation.

The conditions, agreed upon even as a jury stood ready to decide the case, stipulated that Brinegar be evaluated by doctors at the county Department of Mental Health and Addiction and be accepted into the Sexual Disorders Program.

Assistant State's Attorney Elizabeth Bowen said a prerequisite for acceptance into the program is acknowledging a problem and wanting to seek help for it.

Judge Whitfill warned Brinegar that he must participate in that program for the duration of his probation. If he violates that or any other provision of the plea agreement, he could be ordered to serve the full 10-year sentence except for the 376 days already served.

Additionally, Brinegar may not have any unsupervised contact with a child under 16, and he may have no overnight contact with any child under 16. In addition, Brinegar may not have any contact with the victim or the victim's family.

"I think this is a win-win decision," said Public Defender Lloyd Merriman, alluding to the fact that Brinegar is no longer incarcerated, having already served more than a year in jail.

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