Man gets 1-year term for battery of teen

April 03, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Frederick man was sentenced to a year in prison yesterday for the false imprisonment and battery of a 14-year-old Mount Airy girl last spring.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. sentenced Jonathan P. Monroe, 25, who pleaded guilty to the charges in January, to eight years in prison but suspended seven years.

Monroe, in jail since his arrest in June, will have to serve only two more months in the county Detention Center and could gain parole before then.

Beck said he considered freeing Monroe for time served, but wanted a formal plan in place when the defendant is released and begins five years of supervised probation. He set probation conditions and warned Monroe that if he violated the conditions, he would be sent to a state prison.

The conditions require Monroe to permit random drug and alcohol testing, seek mental health and substance abuse counseling and to have no contact with the victim.

The girl was walking on the Interstate 70 ramp in Mount Airy when Monroe grabbed her from behind and tried to drag her into the woods May 30.

A passer-by intervened and prevented what surely would have been kidnapping, said prosecutor Clarence W. Beall III.

Pamela G. Wadler, Monroe's mother, and Melissa Monroe, his sister, tearfully told Beck that they were convinced that Monroe would be amenable to their strict supervision once he was free.

The women live in Alexandria, Va., and the judge agreed to permit probation supervision to be transferred to Virginia if Monroe is accepted by officials there.

"We plan to keep him very busy and not allow him time to just hang out," Wadler said.

Beall recommended a 10-year sentence with three years in prison, citing Monroe's record, which included an arrest for a 1990 armed robbery, but no conviction.

Beck said he had listened carefully to Monroe's mother and sister and praised the defendant for his articulation.

"For all your word skills, you are easily led, and you have abused just about every drug," Beck said. "It's been my experience that drug abusers never really get away. Make one misstep, and you'll be right back where you were."

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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