A man who sexually abused his live-in girlfriend's daughters over a three-year period in their Columbia home was sentenced yesterday to eight years in prison.
Douglas B. Meigs' abuse of the two girls, who are now in their late teens and attend college, was discovered in January 2002 after police were called to the family home in Sewell's Orchard for a domestic incident that was sparked by the older girl's discovery that Meigs had been abusing her younger sister, prosecutor Lisa Broten said.
While police were there, the younger girl pulled an officer aside and reported the sexual abuse, which had stopped a few years before, the prosecutor said. The older girl later told authorities that she had also been abused by Meigs, Broten said.
Meigs, 64, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual child abuse in January. Yesterday, Howard Circuit Judge Diane O. Leasure sentenced Meigs to 20 years in prison, with all but eight years suspended, and five years of supervised probation.
In victim impact statements, both teens said the long-standing abuse has caused them lasting emotional trauma and has affected their view of themselves and their relationships with others.