Children testify at molestation trialMore than a...

LOCAL BRIEFS

July 20, 1994

Children testify at molestation trial

More than a half-dozen children -- none older than 11 -- testified yesterday at the trial of a Carroll man accused of molesting them.

In the second day of the man's trial in Carroll Circuit Court, many of the children told of repeated sexual abuse over a five-year period.

One, a 9-year-old boy, said the man fondled him and performed other sex acts in the man's bedroom. Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill, who is prosecuting the case, asked the boy if he had, at one time, liked the defendant.

"Yes, before he did this to me, yes," the boy said. Asked what he thought of the man now, the boy said, "He's disgusting and I hate him."

Prosecutors also played taped statements the man made to county sexual abuse investigators in which he said he had molested some of the children.

The man, whose name is being withheld because his two children are among his accusers, faces multiple counts of sexual offense, battery, perverted practice and child abuse.

The defense was expected to open its case today, and the jury could begin deliberating as early as this evening.

Worker injured in fall at Westminster house

A worker was injured yesterday when he fell into a trench while working on a house in Westminster, Maryland State Police said.

Clarence K. Loftice was listed in stable condition with unspecified injuries at Carroll County General Hospital last night.

Mr. Loftice was working for a painting contractor at a house under construction on Federal Anne Way, off Hook Road, when the accident occurred, said Trooper 1st Class Matt Jones, who is investigating the case.

The man was putting a screw into a rainspout when the decorative railing he was leaning on gave way, and Mr. Loftice fell into a 6- to 8-foot-deep trench beside the porch, Trooper Jones said.

"Like a cat, he landed on his feet," said Trooper Jones. He said Mr. Loftice "complained of lower back pain," but did not appear to be seriously injured.

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