Man gets 5 years' probation in case involving girl, 6

June 11, 1996

A 64-year-old Finksburg man who was found innocent of sexual offenses against a 6-year-old girl was sentenced yesterday to five years of probation for assault and battery in the case.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. originally sentenced the man, who is not being identified to protect the privacy of the victim, to two years in prison but suspended the term and placed him on five years of probation. The first three years will be supervised.

In suspending the two-year sentence, Beck said he was following state sentencing guidelines for a first-time offender and the recommendation of a presentencing investigation.

The judge rejected a motion for a new trial from the defendant's lawyers, who argued that prosecutors failed to prove the man inappropriately touched the girl for sexual gratification while she attended a day care center at his home between January and May 1995. The day care center, now closed, was operated by the defendant's wife.

"The jury saw the victim testify and saw [the defendant] testify, and they believed the little girl," said prosecutor Jerry Joyce, arguing against a new trial.

The jury, he noted, deliberated about nine hours in April before finding the man guilty of assault and battery. He was found innocent of third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses.

Police

Westminster: Employees at Wal-Mart told police that property was stolen from the store Friday. The loss was estimated at $11.50.

Westminster: A Charles Street resident told police that her purse was stolen Friday from the Western Maryland College gymnasium. The loss was estimated at $157.

Westminster: A Bishop Court resident told police Saturday that his $100 bicycle was stolen.

Westminster: An employee at a pizza shop on Baltimore Boulevard told police that someone damaged the front window Sunday, causing $250 damage.

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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