Westminster man gets 10 years in prison for child sex abuse He had molested girl in wife's care

November 16, 1993|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff Writer

A Westminster man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in state prison for sexually abusing one of the children who attended his wife's family day care center.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced Robert Oliver Braman Jr., 38, to 20 years in prison, but suspended 10 years of the sentence.

Braman, of the 100 block of Leisters Church Road, was convicted by the judge at a bench trial in October of a second-degree sex offense and three related charges.

Judge Beck imposed concurrent sentences for Braman's convictions on another count of second-degree sex offense, one count of third-degree sex offense and one count of child abuse. The judge acquitted him of second-degree rape and second-degree attempted rape charges.

The judge also sentenced Braman yesterday to five years of supervised probation after his release from prison and ordered him to undergo psychological counseling.

At the sentencing, Braman read a letter he had written to Judge Beck into the court record. He said he was sorry "for all the persons concerned" in the case, and referred to the 5-year-old victim as "an adopted part of our family."

"The circumstances has placed our family harmony in a state of kaos [sic]," Braman wrote.

"Our home is in jeopardy due to the loss of my incomes and us filing bankruptcy," he wrote.

Braman was accused of sexually abusing a girl in his wife's care between November 1991, when the child was 10 months old, and February 1993, when the criminal allegations were made.

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