Man gets 10 years for attack on woman

Pfefferle pleaded guilty to sexual assault in March

Judge rejects call for leniency

Elkridge

May 31, 2002|By Lisa Goldberg | Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF

A 41-year-old man who brutalized a woman with whom he had been living was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday.

Noting that Adolph Phillip Pfefferle III told the woman "You ought to be treated like a slut" during the assault, Howard Circuit Judge James B. Dudley rejected a request by Pfefferle's attorney for a more lenient sentence and instead imposed the term recommended by prosecutors.

Pfefferle, who admitted yesterday that the encounter "wasn't consensual," pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual offense in March in a case that prosecutor Jim Dietrich said is "unusual" for the level of trauma inflicted.

Pfefferle, who was selling used uniforms out of his van along U.S. 1 before his arrest, had become friends with the victim, a woman in her late 30s, about six months before the assault Sept. 27 and later moved into her home in a trailer park in the 7700 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge, according to attorneys.

The woman told authorities that the relationship eventually became sexual, but Pfefferle often came home drunk and she asked him to leave because he was too controlling, prosecutors said.

The morning of Sept. 27, Pfefferle woke the woman, asked her to reconsider her request and sexually assaulted and brutalized her when she refused, according to a statement of facts read into the record.

Yesterday, the woman told Dudley that while she is in therapy, she needs medication "just to make it through the day" and to sleep at night. The Sun does not identify victims of sexual assault.

"Phillip will do his time and go on," she said yesterday. "I have to live with this forever."

She has no medical insurance and has had to pay for the care herself, she said, a situation that has left her "hanging on by a string" financially.

Pfefferle's public defender, W. Samuel Truette, noted that his client's criminal record consists mainly of drunken-driving and theft offenses and that Pfefferle wanted to plead guilty to spare the woman a trial even though he had a "tryable case."

Pfefferle apologized to the woman, saying that while he initially thought he was engaging in a consensual sexual act, he later realized it was not.

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