Man sentenced for molesting 2 teen girls

Lothian resident to spend one year in jail


A Lothian man who told police he had thoughts of killing and raping people was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail followed by a year of house arrest for molesting two teenage girls.

"I do think there is a public safety issue," Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Joseph P. Mack told Edward Carl Spicknall Sr., 43, after hearing that Spicknall told his therapist and a detective that he had thoughts of slaying and raping people. "But I also think that locking you up for as long as I could is not the answer."

Spicknall, who has a history of psychiatric treatment, was charged in July with sexual abuse of a minor and seven related counts. In November, he entered an Alford plea acknowledging that prosecutors had evidence to convict him, but not admitting to the crime. His therapist also reported to authorities that he said he hallucinated about killing and raping people, Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Rogers said.

When an Anne Arundel County detective questioned him while he was in a psychiatric ward after seeking treatment, Spicknall, a former supervisor for a cable service company, noted that it would be easy to attack a customer in the person's home.

But defense lawyer Richard P. Kodzis said Spicknall, taking six psychotropic drugs, was over-medicated when questioned by police. He said Spicknall's thoughts of crime were uncontrolled and not wishful fantasies.

In the sentence, the judge suspended seven years of an eight-year jail term. He also ordered five years of supervised probation, continued therapy and child sex offender registration.

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