Man, 75, gets suspended sentences in child abuse case

November 14, 1996

A 75-year-old Westminster man, deemed too old and frail to send to prison, was given suspended sentences in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday after he pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and a third-degree sexual offense involving three girls.

The man is not being named to protect the identity of the victims, one of whom is related to him. The abuse, which was reported in January, occurred on many occasions between 1979 and 1992, when the girls were between 4 and 10 years old, prosecutors said.

Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. told two of the victims who were in court that the man would have gone to prison if he had been 15 years younger and had not had unspecified medical problems.

Burns suspended the prison term on each of the five-year concurrent sentences. He placed the man on five years of supervised probation and ordered him to pay an unspecified amount in restitution for the victims' therapy.

Indoor soccer tournament planned for Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Carroll Indoor Sports Center in Westminster will have a Kick-Off Classic Indoor Soccer Tournament from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at 515 Old Westminster Pike.

Girls teams -- under 10, under 12 and under 14 -- will play Nov. 29.

Boys teams -- under 10, under 12 and under 14 -- will play Nov. 30. Boys teams under 16, 16 to 18 and open ages teams will compete Dec. 1.

The cost is $160 per team. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

The center will have a Holiday Shootout on Dec. 23, 26 and 27, and Jan. 30 and 31.

Information: 857-5098 or 840-9361.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 12: 09 p.m. Tuesday to a fire alarm in the 1700 block of Littlestown Pike. Units were out 40 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese and Pleasant Valley assisted Westminster units at 7: 27 p.m. Tuesday, responding to a building fire in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Ave. Units were out an hour and a half.

Police

Westminster: A resident of Bel Court told police Tuesday that someone broke into his car and stole a cellular telephone while the vehicle was parked on Johahn Drive. The loss was estimated at $500.

Westminster: A resident of Walsh Drive told police Monday that someone stole property from his car while it was parked at Crossroad Square shopping center on Route 140 at Malcolm Drive. The loss was estimated at $125.

Westminster: Employees at Caldor in Cranberry Mall on North Center Street told police Tuesday that someone left the store without paying for merchandise. The loss was estimated at $110.

Westminster: A resident of Band Hall Hill Road told police Monday that someone removed the tailgate from his truck while it was parked at Lowes on Clifton Boulevard. The loss was estimated at $1,050.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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