County man gets 15-year sentence for abuse of daughter, death plot

January 15, 2003|By Allison Klein | Allison Klein,SUN STAFF

A man pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to sexually abusing his daughter, then trying to hire a hit man while in jail to execute her.

Based on a plea agreement, Judge John M. Glynn sentenced Michael M. Allen, 53, to life in prison yesterday, and suspended all but 15 years, for child sexual abuse, incest and solicitation to commit murder.

According to prosecutor Deborah Ramsey, the sex abuse occurred during two periods, in 1981 when the girl was 5 years old and about a decade later when she was 16. The identity of the victim, who is now 26 and has a different last name from her father, is being withheld by The Sun.

The woman reported the abuse to police in 2001, and her father was arrested that summer.

While awaiting trial in the Baltimore City Detention Center, Allen told another inmate he wanted to hire someone to kill his daughter. The inmate told police, and investigators sent an undercover officer to the jail posing as a hit man.

In February and March last year, Allen, who lives in the 7900 block of Dunhill Village Circle in Baltimore County, offered to pay the undercover officer to execute his daughter, Ramsey said.

Allen told the undercover officer he didn't have the cash, but he could put up his Volkswagen Passat as collateral. Soon after, he was charged with solicitation to commit murder.

Prosecutors said that the molestation began in 1981 when Allen dressed his 5-year-old daughter for school after the girl's mother had left for work. A year later, Allen moved out of the family's Cherry Hill home, and had little or no contact with his daughter for a decade. He returned when she was 16, and repeatedly raped her during a two-year period, forcing her to have sex in return for favors, such as lending her his car, according to court records.

The abuse ended when the young woman threatened to kill her father if he didn't stop, Ramsey said.

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