Man accused of abuse has charges dropped

July 27, 1993

A Carroll truck driver charged with sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl and her two aunts -- who was acquitted by a county jury July 14 of charges involving the girl -- had all remaining charges against him dropped yesterday.

The charges were dropped as the state was scheduled to proceed on two charges involving one of the 12-year-old's aunts.

The man had been acquitted in January on all but two of the sexual abuse charges connected to the aunt.

Those two charges -- on which the January jury deadlocked -- were to be heard yesterday.

In addition to dropping those charges, Deputy State's Attorney Edward M. Ulsch dropped all charges involving the second of the little girl's aunts.

"The nightmare is over," said the man's attorney, Patrick Maher of Towson.

The Sun is withholding the defendant's name to protect the privacy of the accusers.

The 12-year-old girl alleged last year that the man sexually abused her around Easter 1988 or 1989, when she was 7 or 8.

She first revealed the alleged abuse when she was 11, telling two friends.

Soon afterward, the girl's two aunts, now in their 20s, alleged that the man also had sexually abused them.

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