2 brothers plead guilty to sex abuse of daughters

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

Two brothers, one a former deputy sheriff, the other a former Green Beret, stood side by side in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to sexually abusing their daughters over 10 years, ending a decade ago.

Norman S. Marriott Jr., 52, of Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa., the former Green Beret, and Edward Marriott, 50, a former deputy from Big Fork, Mont., entered Alford pleas to two counts each of unnatural and perverted sex practices yesterday before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. They did not admit guilt, but conceded that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict them.

Each faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced May 25.

Cynthia Ferris, assistant state's attorney, said that the abuse occurred in shower stalls, in cars, on basement couches and in bedrooms. It began when the girls were 6 or 8 years old and continued until they reached adulthood, she said.

She said both men admitted the abuse to their sons-in-law when confronted in recent years.

But it remained a family secret until last May, when the daughters reported it to authorities after they learned that Norman Marriott, who runs a gift shop in Mount Pleasant Mills, had remarried and was seeking custody of his new wife's young children.

Ms. Ferris said that Edward Marriott abused two of his daughters, one now 29, the other 31, in summer visits to the girls' grandmother's home in Glen Burnie in 1980 and 1981, and on family trips through Montana, Alaska, Pennsylvania and North Dakota.

She said the Marriotts are being prosecuted only for the Maryland offenses because the statutes of limitations have expired in the other states.

Maryland has no statute of limitations on felonies.

Norman Marriott abused his daughter and his ex-wife's younger sister several times during trips to Glen Burnie, Ms. Ferris said.

One of Norman Marriott's daughters, now a 30-year-old mother of two in York Haven, Pa., said after the hearings yesterday that she doesn't accept her father's excuse that he was sexually abused as a child and is only repeating what he subconsciously learned.

"I was sexually abused, and I know I would never abuse my own kids," she said.

She said yesterday that her father repeatedly promised that he would never do it again.

"I think he needs treatment," she said.

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