Sex abuse suspect to have three trials SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

January 15, 1993|By Staff Report

An article in yesterday's Carroll County edition incorrectly described the relationship between a Sykesville man charged with sexual abuse and the three alleged victims. The man accused of the offenses is not a relative of the victims. The accused is a neighbor of a relative.

The Sun regrets the errors.

A 47-year-old Sykesville man accused of sexually abusing his granddaughter and two of her aunts will have three separate trials.

In granting a defense motion to divide the 29 charges according to the alleged victims yesterday, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. set Jan. 25 as the date for the first trial.

The man was charged in July after his 11-year-old granddaughter alleged several sexual encounters when she was 7 or 8, court records show.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

In subsequent interviews, police were told by the two aunts -- their relationships to the man were not disclosed -- that they, too, remember sexual encounters with the man when they were between the ages of 7 and 13.

Both aunts are now in their 20s.

The sexual encounters are alleged to have occurred in the man's basement, car and backyard.

The man's name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the alleged victims.

The defendant was charged with 11 counts of third-degree sex offense, eight counts of battery, four counts of second-degree sex offense, four counts of perverted sexual practice and one count each of child abuse and fourth-degree sex offense.

For the trial, Judge Beck dropped three of the battery charges, citing a one-year statute of limitations.

If convicted on all remaining counts in all of the trials, the man could be sentenced up to 246 years in prison and fined $5,000.

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