Man, 28, sentenced in sister's rape

In unrelated case, man, 20, pleads guilty to sex abuse of 2 boys

September 05, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 28-year-old Westminster man received a suspended prison term yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court for having intercourse with an adopted sister, who was 11 at the time of the abuse.

In an unrelated case, a 20-year-old Westminster man pleaded guilty yesterday to sexually abusing two young brothers of his former fiancee.

The names of the defendants are being withheld to protect the privacy of the victims.

In the first case, the defendant was evaluated in December after he was charged with second-degree rape in the attack on his sister. He has been out of the family home and in counseling since January, said defense attorney George Psoras, who at the time described the man as a loner who is intellectually limited.

Deputy State's Attorney Tracy A. Gilmore asked Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. to impose some jail time, noting the age difference between the defendant and the victim and saying that the girl initially was not believed by the family, who "kicked her out" of their home before her brother confessed.

"I'm sorry for my actions. I'm sorry on behalf of my sister, who's not here, and I'm sorry for my parents for the pain I've caused them," the man told Burns.

"Under normal circumstances, I would have no difficulty in incarcerating [him]," Burns said.

However, noting parental support and a report by the man's counselor, the judge imposed a 10-year term, suspending the prison time and imposing three years of supervised probation, and adding the conditions that the man continue in the counseling program, not live in the home with his sister, have no unsupervised contact with any girl younger than 18, register as a sex offender and provide authorities with a DNA sample.

In the second case, the 20-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse by someone in the position of a parent. He was living at his fiancee's home last year when he molested her brothers, then ages 10 and 15, Gilmore said.

Defense attorney William R. MacDonald said the man had been sexually abused as a child. He had no criminal record before his arrest in January.

Gilmore said she will seek jail time at sentencing, scheduled for Nov. 6; state guidelines for punishments in such a case range from probation to five years in prison. Burns has ordered an investigation in the case before sentencing.

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