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Accused molester awaits appeal

February 10, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man sentenced in late 1995 to serve 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl posted $20,000 bond late last week.

Stanley Leroy Carpenter, now 61, was ordered on Friday to stay away from the victim, a girl he was accused of abusing over an eight-year period, and from the victim's family.

In December 1996, Maryland's second highest court ordered Carpenter retried. The court questioned the possible partiality of a juror, although that juror didn't serve on the Washington County jury that convicted Carpenter.

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Carpenter was brought to Washington County Circuit Court Thursday from the Maryland House of Correction annex in Jessup, Md., for the purpose of setting bond while he awaits retrial on the charges.

Judge John H. McDowell set the $20,000 bond. "There is more of a risk of flight than before,'' McDowell said.

Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion had argued for a $100,000 bond, saying the higher court's decision didn't affect the evidence presented in the case.

The Washington County Circuit jury deliberated seven hours before finding Carpenter guilty of two counts of third-degree sex offenses and one count of sexual child abuse.

He was acquitted of three other charges, including a second-degree sex offense, an additional third-degree sex offense and assault with intent to commit a second-degree sex offense.

The victim said the abuse began when she was 6 and stopped when she was 13, according to testimony at the August 1995 jury trial.

She testified the abuse involved repeated touching of her genital area and attempts to force oral sex on her on several occasions.

The incidents came to light when she told a cousin who then told an adult.

At the trial and again at sentencing, Carpenter denied the contact, referring only to "wrestling around with the girl" a number of times.

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