Missing woman's spouse gets 18 months in child abuse case

November 14, 1997|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Paul Stephen Riggins -- the man Howard County police say is their only suspect in the disappearance of his wife -- told a circuit judge yesterday that he made a terrible mistake when he began a lengthy sexual relationship with the family's 15-year-old baby sitter.

That four-year-long mistake netted him a sentence of 18 months in jail for child abuse.

"It never should have gone as far as it did," said Riggins, 40. "Whatever I can do to prove I am not really as bad as it seems I will do."

Also yesterday, Timothy McCrone, attorney for the parents of Riggins' missing wife, Nancy, said Howard prosecutors plan a grand jury investigation into her disappearance -- a case police have labeled a possible homicide.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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