Sykesville man cleared on 2 sex abuse charges COURT DOCKET

February 01, 1993

A Carroll County Circuit Court jury has acquitted a 47-year-old Sykesville man of two charges in connection with the alleged sexual abuse of a woman when she was between the ages of 7 and 13. But the panel deadlocked on two other sex charges.

The jury returned not guilty verdicts Friday on two counts of third-degree sex offense.

Juror deadlocked on second-degree sex offense and perverted practice counts.

The alleged victim in the case is now in her 20s.

The defendant, who had been on trial since last Tuesday, still faces charges involving the alleged sexual abuse of the alleged victim's sister -- who also is now in her 20s -- and their 11-year-old niece.

He was arrested and charged in July after the niece alleged several sexual encounters when she was 7 or 8 years old, court records show.

In subsequent interviews, police said, the sisters said they, too, remembered sexual encounters with the man when they were between the ages of 7 and 13.

Prosecutors could not be reached Friday for comment on whether the man would be retried on the charges that resulted in the deadlock.

The defendant is to be tried separately on charges connected to the other two alleged victims.

The sex abuse allegations led authorities to file 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 against the man.

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