Man guilty of abusing child from wife's day care center NORTH -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

September 15, 1993|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff Writer

A 39-year-old Taneytown man, who sexually abused a child enrolled in his wife's family day care operation, pleaded guilty yesterday to child abuse.

John Warren Gesell, of the 400 block of Red Tulip Court, molested the child, now 12 years old, for two years, sometime between 1986 and 1990, according to a statement of facts read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill.

The plea was entered before Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., who scheduled sentencing for Nov. 16.

Ms. Hill said the state plans to request an eight-year sentence with four years suspended, the maximum within the sentencing guidelines.

After a state police investigation of several months, Gesell was indicted in June on second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, perverted practice, battery and child abuse.

Officials learned of the molestation when the girl told a police officer who was visiting her school for a class on drug abuse.

According to police, Gesell abused the girl in his home, where his wife ran a licensed family day care.

Gesell was listed as an employee in the day care business, meaning he had passed a background check and could watch the children if his wife was gone, Ms. Hill said.

According to court records, Gesell told police he did not abuse any other children in his wife's care.

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