Man gets 5 years' probation in abuse case

Pornography charge doubles sentence of Glen Burnie resident

October 05, 1999|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A Glen Burnie man was placed on 10 years' probation yesterday for sexually abusing a friend's teen-age daughter and having child pornography on his home computer.

In a plea arrangement, Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Pamela L. North sentenced Thomas R. Long Jr., 35, to two five-year terms of probation that Long's lawyer said would allow him to get the counseling he needs.

North said she wants Long, who lives in the 8000 block of Phirne Road East, to receive treatment for his sexual offense and alcoholism.

Long served 18 months in the Baltimore County jail for a 1992 sexual offense involving a child, but Assistant Public Defender Mary Jo Livingston said he did not receive treatment for his problems. "I think that Mr. Long realizes that counseling is long overdue and that it is needed," Livingston said. "He has a surprising degree of insight into his problems."

Long was fixing a plumbing problem at the home of a friend March 14. The woman fell asleep on the couch and her 14-year-old daughter went to bed. The teen-ager awoke to find Long in her bed but was too afraid to say anything, said Assistant State's Attorney Frank Ragione.

The mother confronted Long, who acknowledged wrongdoing, but she let him spend the night at her home and called police after he left, Ragione said.

During the investigation, police received a tip that Long had child pornography on his computer, Ragione said.

Long, who apologized in court yesterday, pleaded guilty to a third-degree sex offense in August and pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of child pornography. North gave him an 18-month suspended sentence for the first charge and a one-year suspended sentence for the second.

Pub Date: 10/05/99

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