Man convicted of assaulting former girlfriend

He could get as many as 20 years in prison

March 13, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A 41-year-old man who brutalized a woman with whom he once had a sexual relationship was convicted of a second-degree sexual offense yesterday.

Adolph P. Pfefferle's guilty plea to the felony charge means he could receive a maximum 20-year prison term at his sentencing May 30 in front of Howard County Circuit Judge James B. Dudley.

Prosecutors have agreed to cap their request for active incarceration at 10 years as part of a plea agreement, Assistant State's Attorney Jim Dietrich said.

Pfefferle was arrested after the 38-year-old woman told police that he sexually assaulted her Sept. 27 at her home in a trailer park in the 7700 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge.

The two had become friends about six months earlier, and Pfefferle, who had been living in a motel and selling work clothes out of a van, later moved in with her, according to a statement of facts read into the record.

The woman said she told Pfefferle, who often came home drunk, to leave after he became controlling, according to the statement.

The day of the offense, he woke her up and asked her whether she would reconsider, according to the statement. When she said she would not, he told her that women like her "just want to be treated like whores" and brutalized her, according to the statement.

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