Aberdeen man gets 5 years for 5 rapes of girl, 11

February 25, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 24-year-old Aberdeen man who pleaded guilty yesterday in Harford Circuit Court to raping his former girlfriend's daughter, then 11 years old, was sentenced to 20 years in prison with all but five years suspended.

According to the plea arrangement, Raymond Austin McNamara, the defendant, will serve five years of supervised parole and probation after completing his prison sentence.

He also must complete a program for sexual offenders, must not have unsupervised contact with any child under 16, must not have any overnight visits with a child under 16, even if supervised, must complete an alcohol and drug program and must have no contact with the victim or the victim's family.

Judge Maurice W. Baldwin accepted the plea bargain that stipulated a cap of five years to be served in prison but said he found the facts of the case particularly disgusting.

Mark W. Nelson, an assistant state's attorney, indicated that McNamara raped the girl in her home while her mother was at work on five occasions between June 1992 and November 1992. The girl did not tell anyone about the rapes until May 1993. She told investigators that she feared McNamara would hurt her if she told anyone.

McNamara was confronted with the charges last May and voluntarily admitted that he had had sexual contact with the girl.

Attorney Robert Winkler, a public defender representing McNamara, argued for a lesser sentence.

Mr. Winkler said his client had sought counseling as soon as he was incarcerated, seemed remorseful and had been held at the Harford County Detention Center since November.

McNamara told Judge Baldwin that he hopes the court and society will forgive him, and that he knows he must pay his debt.

The victim's mother said McNamara deserves to be made to serve the full 20 years. She said she only agreed to the five-year cap because she didn't want to put her daughter through the agony of testifying in court.

"My child is confused, angry and can't trust men because of what he did," she said. "Remember, he did what he did five different times. He may only get a five-year sentence, but my daughter is doing life."

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