By MARLO BARNHART
A 36-year-old Hagerstown man was sentenced to serve 16 years in prison Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court for subjecting his adopted daughter to four years of sexual abuse.
"The most persuasive evidence was the testimony of the child,'' said Judge Darrow Glaser, who presided over both the trial and Wednesday's sentencing.
That victim, now 13, wrote a detailed impact statement but she also wanted to be heard in court Wednesday.
"I just want to see him get what he deserves,'' the child said.
The defendant's father spoke briefly, telling Glaser that his son has never been in any trouble.
"I would like to take my son home today,'' the father said. "He's been here too long now.''
But Glaser said that was not going to happen.
"What he put this child through, physically and mentally . . . the sentence can't be measured in months,'' Glaser said.