Man gets 10 years for assaulting girl

Teen was on probation in two statutory rapes

victims were 12 and 13

March 19, 2002|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

A 19-year-old Sykesville man convicted of the statutory rapes of two young girls received a 10-year prison sentence yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court on a new conviction -- an assault during a prohibited visit to one of the victims last summer.

Joseph L. Tetlow of the 5600 block of Bartholow Road had been ordered at his sentencing to stay away from both victims -- who were 12 and 13 years old when he had sex with them between January and March 2000 -- and any other female younger than age 18. This was part of the probation conditions on two suspended sentences imposed by Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

But about 2 a.m. July 21, Tetlow entered a home on Sykesville Road where the now 14-year-old former girlfriend was staying with a friend, according to the agreed-upon statement of facts presented by Assistant State's Attorney Amy L. Blank. He became involved in an argument and assaulted the friend when she told him to leave, which he did about 4:30 a.m., the statement said. Tetlow threw a glass, put his hands around her throat and pointed the antenna of a cellular telephone in her face, Blank said.

Blank said Tetlow also saw his other victim a month after the judge forbade him to do so -- taking her with him to a court-ordered psychological counseling session. The prosecutor asked for a 15-year sentence, noting Tetlow's disregard of the court order and apparent affinity for young girls.

Burns imposed the 10-year sentence after finding Tetlow guilty of second-degree assault and of violating the order to stay away from the victims. The judge agreed to recommend that Tetlow be placed at Patuxent Institution in Jessup, which focuses on offender treatment services, and again ordered that Tetlow stay away from females younger than age 18. Defense attorney W. Bradley Bauhof said his client "needs to grow up a little bit" and will have years of incarceration before they might ask for a sentence modification.

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