Thurmont woman sentenced to 10 days in jail for sex with boy, 12

January 12, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Frederick County woman was sentenced to 10 days in jail yesterday for having a sexual relationship with a 12-year-old boy.

Rhonda Sue Bailey, 25, of Thurmont, received the sentence in Howard Circuit Court as part of a plea agreement to a charge of second-degree sexual offense.

Bailey and the teen-ager lived in the same western Howard County neighborhood at the time of the relationship.

They had sex 15 times between April 1991 and March 1992, court records say.

Judge Cornelius Sybert Jr. sentenced Bailey to five years in prison, with all but 10 days of the term suspended.

Bailey will be permitted to serve the sentence over five consecutive weekends.

Bailey also must complete five years of probation, seek counseling and avoid contact with the victim.

Judge Sybert warned Bailey that if she does not meet the terms of the probation, he will send her back to jail.

"I want you to be behind bars for these 10 days so you know what it looks like," the judge told Bailey.

Assistant State's Attorney Tracy Gilmore originally asked Judge Sybert to sentence Bailey to 26 weekends in jail.

Conviction on the charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

But Assistant Public Defender Spencer Gordon asked the judge for a lenient sentence, suggesting that Bailey's sentence be totally suspended.

Mr. Gordan noted that a presentence report by the county Department of Parole and Probation recommended such a sentence for his client.

"She is extremely humiliated, extremely remorseful and extremely embarrassed," Mr. Gordon said.

The attorney acknowledged that Bailey, who is married and has two daughters, should not have allowed the relationship with the boy to happen. He noted that the affair occurred while she and her husband were having marital problems.

"The victim was very much the aggressor," Mr. Gordon said. "It was more like my client relenting or giving into the advances of the victim."

He said that the boy, now 15, is in a juvenile facility for forcing two boys, ages 4 and 6, to perform sex acts.

The Sun is withholding the names of the minors to protect their identities.

Bailey, who did not speak at yesterday's hearing, entered an Alford plea in November, meaning that she does not admit guilt but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to obtain a conviction.

Initially, she was charged with second-degree rape, two sexual offenses and two counts of perverted sexual practices. She could have received prison terms totaling 80 years if convicted on all of the charges.

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