Man gets 6 years for sexual abuse

February 28, 1996

A 37-year-old Hampstead man who was convicted in August of sexually abusing a neighborhood teen-ager was sentenced to six years in prison yesterday.

Prosecutors said the man, whose identity is being withheld to protect the victim's privacy, has a criminal history that includes serving 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.

Carroll County Assistant State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore said her office had asked Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold for a 15-year sentence for the man prosecutors said took advantage of a troubled teen-ager he took into his home in 1993.

The boy became a friend of the defendant when the boy's fatherabandoned the family. A short time later, his mother was hospitalized with mental problems and the teen-ager began living with his abuser, who gained legal custody.

Prosecutors said the man plied the teen-ager with large quantities of marijuana and alcohol, then persuaded the boy to have sexual relations with him.

On Aug. 28, a jury convicted the man of child abuse, a fourth-degree sex offense, battery and contributing to a child in need of supervision. He was acquitted of sodomizing the boy, who was 15 when the incidents occurred in 1993.

Judge Arnold sentenced him to 10 years for child abuse with all but six years suspended. He also gave the man a two-year concurrent term for battery. The other two convictions were merged into the child-abuse sentence.

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