Ex-deacon, 53, sentenced for molesting boys

May 11, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A former Oak Grove Baptist Church deacon who pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse was sentenced to 17 years with all but six months suspended yesterday in Harford County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge William O. Carr called the defendant, Wayne E. Sisk, 53, of the 1300 block of N. Fountain Green Road in Bel Air, "every parent's nightmare" for having betrayed the trust that is placed in a Sunday School teacher.

Sisk pleaded guilty March 18 to sexually abusing three boys between 1975 and 1981 while serving at Oak Grove Baptist in Churchville. The boys lived in the Bel Air area at the time and were members at Oak Grove. All are about 27 years old now. The man who had been the first of the three victims reported Sisk to police in 1992. An investigation led to the other two victims.

The offenses occurred on and off the Oak Grove Baptist Church property, said M. Elizabeth Bowen, an assistant state's attorney who prosecuted the case.

Judge Carr made Sisk eligible for work release and delayed the start of his sentence until 6 p.m. May 27.

He ordered that Sisk begin five years of supervised parole and probation and continue therapy in the county's sexual offenders program. The judge also ordered 200 hours of community service.

William Hooper, Sisk's Bel Air attorney, tried to persuade Judge Carr to suspend all of the jail time, calling on Dr. Mark Komrad, a psychiatrist at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Towson, to testify.

Dr. Komrad said he has treated Sisk for 13 months and called Sisk's progress excellent.

Mr. Hooper also called on Maj. Timothy O'Rourke, Sisk's supervisor at the Army Environmental Center at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground, to tell Judge Carr that serving time would make Sisk's job-related travel impossible and could lead to a recommendation that Sisk be terminated.

Judge Carr called that testimony, "hogwash."

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