Registered sex offender gets 25 years in abuse of boys

November 16, 2007

A 48-year-old Dundalk man and registered sex offender was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he plied two young boys with alcohol and marijuana in exchange for engaging in sexual acts, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Prosecutors also said Robert Paul Layton is scheduled to be sentenced today in Baltimore County Circuit Court to up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Oct. 10 to two counts of sexual contact with a boy at his home in January.

In the federal case, prosecutors said they searched Layton's home in February after boys ages 13 and 14 said he abused them.

"Layton would give the minor boys cash, alcohol and marijuana in return for the performance of sexual acts and would permit the minor boys to view pornography at his residence," prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors said Layton traveled to South Dakota between 2004 and 2006 to engage in sexual activity with a boy, 13.

Prosecutors said Layton was convicted of a third-degree sex offense in Prince George's County in 1994 and was placed on the state's registered sex offender list.

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