Man sentenced in rape, abuse of young girl

October 16, 1994|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,Sun Staff Writer

A 26-year-old Baltimore man has been sentenced in Harford Circuit Court to 17 years in state prison after making an Alford plea to charges of child abuse and rape of an 11-year-old girl who gave birth to his child in August.

Defendant Derek Darez Hunt of the 1700 block of Llewelyn Ave. in the Clifton Park area formerly lived in Edgewood, where the girl resided with her mother.

Hunt sat impassively in court Wednesday as the girl's mother wept while reading two poems she had written. The first was directed to Hunt, the second to her daughter. Both poems

expressed agony over Hunt's "perverse love" and the pain she felt for her daughter.

The mother said her daughter suffered medical problems that required surgery because of giving birth at a young age.

Hunt then turned toward the girl, who cried softly as she sat by her mother, and said, "I still love you."

In the binding plea agreement, Hunt did not admit guilt but

agreed that the state had enough evidence to convict him. The evidence included DNA test results that showed the girl's child was his.

Judge William O. Carr sentenced Hunt to 20 years in prison with all but 17 years suspended on the second-degree rape charge. He sentenced Hunt to a consecutive 15-year term on the child abuse charge but suspended it.

In addition, Judge Carr ordered Hunt to serve five years of supervised probation after he is released from prison. During that time, Hunt may not have contact with the victim and must complete a program for sex offenders. The judge also ordered Hunt not to have any unsupervised contact with any child younger than 16.

Prosecutor M. Teresa Garland said in a statement of facts that Hunt raped the child, who was then 10, while her mother was at work.

After the mother noticed the girl's swollen abdomen, she took her to a clinic, where the pregnancy was confirmed March 24. The girl's doctor estimated that she was about 20 weeks pregnant. The mother called authorities the same day, and Hunt was arrested in Baltimore.

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