A Sykesville man, who confessed in April that he had molested his stepdaughters seven years ago, pleaded guilty yesterday to child abuse.
The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the girls' privacy, pleaded guilty before Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold to sexually abusing one stepdaughter in the case in which he repeatedly exposed himself to the child and her sister at the home they shared with the defendant and their mother.
Assistant State's Attorney Eileen McInerney read from the statement of facts that the man had, on various occasions between January and December 1986, entered his stepdaughter's room wearing nothing except an open bathrobe and held the child against his body.
During that time, the defendant also visited the bedroom of the other child.
The girls said they were uncomfortable with their stepfather's conduct, but were afraid to say anything, court records show.
The abuse was discovered by the girls' mother, who found a diary in which the younger girl, now 16, had written, "I think I might be sexually abused" and "my dad is sexually abusing me."
The defendant admitted and discussed the behavior when confronted by his wife and apologized to the children, and the conduct was not repeated after that, according to the statement.
But on April 14, the defendant called state police in Westminster to report the abuse that had occurred seven years earlier.
The following day, the defendant waived his Miranda rights and told Tfc. Robert A. Lipsky he used to walk into the girls' rooms with his robe not fully closed and tell them stories or rub or scratch the older girl's leg to alleviate cramps.
He told Trooper Lipsky that "walking around [the younger child] that way was very exciting and stimulating" for him.
No date has been set for sentencing.
The prosecution is seeking a five-year sentence, with all but three months in the Carroll County Detention Center suspended. Ms. McInerney recommended that the defendant seek counseling and pay for counseling for the victim in the case.