Man's sentence suspended in rape of young girlfriend

January 11, 2000

A Mount Airy man was given a four-year suspended sentence yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to raping his juvenile girlfriend, now 16, on many occasions between January 1996 and October 1997.

The girl, who is not being named because of her age, had run away from her Mount Airy home several times to be with the 21-year-old defendant, said prosecutor Tracey A. Gilmore.

The girl's mother told Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. that she did not know about her daughter's sexual relationship with the man until after the girl had gone to Virginia Beach, Va., with him.

The woman said that on another occasion, her daughter ran away from home and was hidden by the man's family.

The girl wrote a letter to the court, asking that the boyfriend not be punished for the relationship with her, Gilmore said.

Beck placed the boyfriend on four years' probation, the first two supervised, and ordered that he have no adverse contact with the girl. That condition of probation means the man can see the girl, although her family opposes that and will try to prevent the relationship from continuing, Gilmore said.

The Sun is not naming the defendant to protect the privacy of the victim.

Fire

Mount Airy: Firefighters responded at 9: 51 a.m. Saturday to a house fire in the 13000 block of Foggy Bottom Court. Units were out 21 minutes.

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