A 33-year-old Hampstead man pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court to three counts of child abuse. He is not being identified to protect the privacy of some of his victims, who are relatives.
In return for the plea, prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore said she will ask for a lengthy sentence with all but 18 months suspended.
Judge Francis M. Arnold set sentencing for Nov. 27 and ordered the defendant to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
Five girls, all 12 or 13, told a school counselor Feb. 20 about the man's pattern of abusing them, according to court records. In separate interviews with investigators, the girls consistently described that on multiple occasions the man exposed himself, made suggestive and lewd remarks, fondled them and threatened to kill them if they told anyone about him.
As part of a plea agreement, a fourth charge, displaying obscene material, was placed on the inactive docket. Such a procedure allows the charge to be prosecuted for any reason within a year, but only for just cause afterward.
Pub Date: 10/11/96