Mount Airy man receives suspended term in assault

July 17, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Barry Lee Loman, of Mount Airy, who pleaded guilty in February to false imprisonment and battery, initially was charged with burglary. He received a suspended four-year prison sentence Tuesday after a plea bargain. A story in yesterday's Carroll County edition incorrectly stated the initial charge. The Sun regrets the error.

A professional golf instructor who pleaded guilty in February to the false imprisonment and battery of a Westminster girl last summer received a suspended four-year prison sentence and was placed on five years of supervised probation yesterday.

Carroll Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold also ordered Barry Lee Loman, 32, of Mount Airy to undergo counseling and to have no contact with the girl or her family.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

Loman is employed in Washington, according to court papers. He had no prior criminal record when he went last July to the Westminster home of the girl, then 15.

Loman said he was searching for his lost dog, a wedding present he had given his wife.

A week later, prosecutors said, Loman returned to the girl's home, asked to use the telephone and followed the girl into the house, where he grabbed her from behind and attempted to stuff a sock into her mouth.

When the teen-ager resisted, he left, prosecutors said.

The girl, who is not being identified to protect her privacy, gave police a description of Loman and his van. Police stopped the vehicle on Route 27 the next morning and initially charged Loman with attempted rape after the girl identified him. The charges were reduced in a plea bargain.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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