Ex-Hayden aide sentenced in sexual abuse of girl, 10

July 26, 1996|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

James M. McKinney, who had been an aide to former Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden, was sentenced yesterday to 10 weekends in the county jail and six months of home detention for twice sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl.

McKinney, 58, of the 7600 block South Bend Road in Dundalk will be on supervised probation for three years after his release and must continue psychological treatment, Circuit Judge John Grason Turnbull II ordered.

Turnbull rebuffed prosecutor Sue Hazlett's recommendation for a longer term, noting the findings of two psychiatrists -- one appointed by the court -- that McKinney is no danger to the public and likely will never repeat his actions.

"Anytime you take advantage of a child, you should go to jail," Hazlett said. "He stole from her her childhood."

McKinney pleaded guilty in May to the abuse, which occurred in his home twice last year. The girl's family, present at sentencing, was "not happy" about the lack of jail time, Hazlett said.

"I never intended, or set out to hurt anyone," McKinney told the judge. "I used very poor judgment. It's a tragedy. I'm very sorry that it happened."

Turnbull ordered McKinney to report to the county jail Aug. 2.

Pub Date: 7/26/96

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