Jail inmate gets 2 more years for molesting Columbia girl, 6 'I just want to apologize'

November 18, 1993|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A man who is already jailed for molesting a girl in Virginia received a two-year sentence in Howard Circuit Court yesterday for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old Columbia girl.

Jaime Francisco Calacan Jr., 22, of Rockville was given a 20-year term for the July 31, 1992, incident, but all except two years of the sentence were suspended by the judge, Cornelius Sybert Jr.

Calacan pleaded guilty to a second-degree sexual offense for performing a sex act on the girl in the kitchen of her home on Pindell School Road.

County prosecutors dropped additional counts of assault, battery and a third-degree sexual offense in the plea agreement.

"I just want to apologize for what I did and I want to prove to you that this will never happen again," Calacan told Judge Sybert.

The judge said he "reluctantly" accepted the plea agreement, but he warned Calacan that he will go back to jail to serve the bulk of the sentence if he fails to meet the terms of the agreement.

In addition to being given the jail time, Calacan was ordered to complete five years of supervised probation, to seek counseling and to avoid contact with the victim and other minors.

Assistant State's Attorney Shirley Ripley said the plea agreement was approved by the girl's parents and county police detectives who handled the case.

The names of the girl and her parents will not be published to protect the victim's identity.

Calacan, who was friends with the girl's family, will serve the sentence after he completes a seven-year prison term in Southampton, Va., for a similar offense involving another girl that occurred after the Columbia incident.

David Noonan, a Gaithersburg attorney representing Calacan, said that his client is attempting to turn his life around.

Mr. Noonan noted that Calacan is undergoing counseling and taking Bible study classes while serving his Virginia sentence.

In the Howard case, Calacan came to the girl's home with other family friends on the evening of July 31, 1992, Ms. Ripley said. During the visit, Calacan and the girl went into the kitchen to watch the family's cat eat.

The girl's mother reported that she later discovered Calacan and the girl lying on the floor near the cat's food dishes, Ms. Ripley said.

The girl was wearing only a nightgown at the time.

After Calacan left the home, the girl reported the incident to her mother, who then called the police, Ms. Ripley said.

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