Hagerstown man pleads guilty to incest

May 16, 1997


Staff Writer

A 36-year-old Hagerstown man pleaded guilty to incest Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, admitting he had sexual intercourse with his half-sister after she had passed out.

The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, was allowed to remain free on $10,000 bond pending sentencing.

Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long said the victim reported that she had been playing cards with family and friends, including the defendant, on Feb. 3.


After drinking between 12-15 beers and four mixed drinks, the victim said she moved to a loveseat in the living room and passed out, Long said.

When she awoke the next morning, she found the defendant on top of her - engaged in sexual intercourse.

The victim got up, went into a bedroom and called Hagerstown City Police, Long said.

When police arrived, the defendant at first denied the encounter but later admitted fondling her and then having sexual relations with her.

Long said the defendant told police that the victim didn't say anything or object to his advances, failing to mention to them that she was passed out.

McDowell called the incident an "extremely troubling case,'' and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

In exchange for the plea, charges of second-degree rape, rape of a helpless person, carnal knowledge, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses and assault were dismissed.

The maximum penalty for an incest conviction is 10 years in prison.

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