Man gets 20 years in sex abuse of girl Victim, 11, was girlfriend's child

January 07, 1993|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Staff Writer

A burly boat mechanic was sentenced to 20 years in prison yesterday for sexually abusing his girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter for almost two years while her mother worked nights.

Richard C. Wilson, 50, of the 3400 block of Andrews Court, Laurel, was sentenced at a hearing where he fired his attorney and made a rambling 45-minute statement professing his innocence. At one point, he turned from the defense table faced his 11-year-old accuser and called her a "good kid."

"They're both pretty good kids, but I think they've been used by the adults in this case," Wilson said of the girl and her 12-year-old brother, who sat a two rows behind him in the courtroom.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr., a judge since 1971, denied Wilson's request for a new trial and slapped him with the maximum term, calling the circumstances "the most outrageous case I've ever heard."

"This child lives in fear of this man. She has nightmares about what happened. She dreams that he's following her, and she is constantly looking over her shoulder in fear that he's there," said assistant state's attorney Kathleen Rogers.

Wilson was convicted by a jury last October of sexual child abuse, second- and third-degree sex offenses and sodomy after a trial in which he said he enjoyed bondage sex.

According to testimony, the defendant moved in with the girl's family in January 1990 and soon began abusing her. He forced her to don her mother's clothes and sometimes handcuffed her to a bed or hung her from a ceiling hook.

The girl said Wilson sometimes abused her three times a week and threatened to kill her if she told anyone. She said that when she told her mother in 1991 her mother "thought I was lying."

Wilson was charged last March after the child told a baby-sitter, who went to the police.

Both children are now living out-of-state with their father and stepmother.

The stepmother, who was in court yesterday, said the girl is still in therapy and is doing well in school. But last week, the child had two nightmares about Wilson following her and now sleeps with a night light, the stepmother said. She said, occasionally the girl says she worries about him creeping in through her bedroom window at night.

"I think he should've gotten more time," the stepmother said.

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