A 39-year-old Taneytown man was indicted Thursday on charges of child sexual abuse involving a 12-year-old girl.
John Warren Gesell of the 400 block of Red Tulip Court was accused of sexually abusing the girl at his house between 1986 and 1990, the six-count indictment says.
State Police Tfc. Robert A. Lipsky, who began an investigation into the alleged abuse "several months ago," said Friday that he would arrest Mr. Gesell as soon as a warrant is issued. He said Mr. Gesell knows of the forthcoming arrest.
According to the trooper, officials learned of the alleged abuse when the girl told a police officer who was visiting her school for a class on drug abuse.
Trooper Lipsky said Mr. Gesell was baby-sitting for the girl when the alleged abuse took place.
The indictment charges Mr. Gesell with second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, perverted practice, battery and child abuse. Mr. Gesell could be sentenced to 56 years in prison if he is convicted of all counts.
A no-bond arrest warrant is slated to be issued within several days, the trooper said.