Man gets 10-year term for molesting 7-year-old

June 21, 1994

A 30-year-old Finksburg man convicted of molesting a 7-year-old girl was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in state prison.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. called James Scott Edmonson "disgusting" when he sentenced him on multiple child sexual abuse charges, including second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, child abuse, perverted practice, third-degree sex offense and battery.

A grand jury indicted Edmonson in September after an investigation by the Carroll County Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit.

The victim -- now 8 -- was the state's key witness against Edmonson. She almost didn't testify, but after encouragement from Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill and others, she took the stand and told the jury that Edmonson sexually assaulted her at least twice between May and August last year. On one of those occasions, the girl said, Edmonson attempted to have sexual in tercourse with her.

After almost two days of testimony, a Carroll jury convicted Edmonson on April 29.

POLICE

* Westminster: Several residents of the Carroll Meadows neighborhood told city police Friday that their cars were broken into and items taken. A loss estimate was not available.

An automobile dealership on Route 140 told city police Friday that a car window, worth an estimated $300, was damaged.

A resident of Chase Street filed a malicious destruction and tampering with motor vehicle report with city police Friday.

A resident of Schaeffer Avenue told city police Friday that a lens and window were damaged on her car while it was parked at Cranberry Mall. Damage was estimated at $150.

A resident of Spaulding Court reported to city police Saturday that items were taken from his car while it was parked near his house. Loss was estimated at $503.

A resident of East Main Street told city police Sunday there was an attempted breaking and entering and malicious destruction to a garage. Damage is estimated at $200.

A resident of East Green Street told city police Sunday that his bike was taken from Cranberry Mall. Loss was estimated at $350.

A Manchester resident told city police Friday that the roof of her car was damaged while it was parked at Cranberry Mall. Damage was estimated at $471.

A resident of Pennsylvania Avenue told city police that three windows of his garage were damaged. Loss is estimated at $50.

FIRE

* Finksburg: Gamber responded for an auto leaking gas at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. Units were out for 17 minutes.

* Sandymount: Reese responded to a fire alarm in the 2100 block of Sandymount Road at 11:47 a.m. Saturday. Units were out for 21 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster and Reese responded to a report of smoke in a house on West Main Street at 8:20 a.m. Monday. Units were out for 15 minutes.

Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm at Baltimore Boulevard and Malcolm Drive at 5:24 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 33 minutes.

Westminster responded for a pile of mulch on fire near the Carroll Plaza Shopping Center at 2:23 a.m. Sunday. Units were out for 18 minutes.

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