Man, 38, is convicted of sexually abusing girl Victim, 5, was in his wife's care

October 03, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson and Bill Talbott | Traci A. Johnson and Bill Talbott,Staff Writers

The husband of a former Westminster day care provider was convicted yesterday of sexually abusing one of the children in his wife's care.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. deliberated for 45 minutes before finding Robert Oliver Braman Jr., 38, of the 100 block of Leisters Church Road, guilty of four of the six charges after two days of testimony.

The 5-year-old victim had testified during the trial about sexual acts Braman engaged in with her. Among them, she told the court, was showing her an adult magazine in which people were doing "what he did to me."

"The court believes the child in her testimony," Judge Beck said.

Braman was charged with one count of second-degree rape, one count of second-degree attempted rape, one count of child abuse, two counts of second-degree sex offense and one count of third-degree sex offense.

Judge Beck acquitted Braman of rape and attempted rape, but found him guilty on the remaining four charges.

After the verdict, Judge Beck revoked Braman's $40,000 FTC unsecured bond and ordered him confined to the Carroll County Detention Center pending a presentence evaluation.

The judge set sentencing for Nov. 15.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill sat quietly as defense attorney David Pratt presented witnesses Friday to combat the first-day testimony of the victim and her mother, whose names are being withheld to protect the girl's privacy.

The child testified Thursday that Mr. Braman had raped her and repeatedly had sexual contact with her at the home day care center she attended from the time she was 10 months old until the allegations were made in February.

Mr. Braman's wife, Debbie, operated the licensed day care center in their home. It has since been closed because of the allegations.

Using simple phrases and anatomically accurate dolls, the child described in detail how she was molested by Mr. Braman.

On Friday, Mr. Pratt questioned at length state police Tfc. Michael Cain, who led the criminal investigation, and two Department of Social Services employees about the exact terms the child used in describing the alleged abuse.

An emotional Mrs. Braman testified that while the child was in her care, the girl often had lied about things.

"I know he didn't do it," Mrs. Braman said of her husband. "I know it in my heart and I know it in my head."

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