Man sentenced in 2 sexual assaults

June 20, 1997


Staff Writer

A Hagerstown man accused of forcing himself on two women in November 1995 was described as a "sexual predator'' by a prosecutor Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.

David Andrew Kirkpatrick, 29, of 232 Belview Ave., was sentenced to one year in the Washington County Detention Center.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree sex offenses and received the maximum one-year sentence for each, to be served concurrently.

Judge Frederick Wright refused a request for work release but gave Kirkpatrick credit for four months he spent in jail awaiting trial.


"The damage he caused to his victims was psychological,'' said Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes. "He was unable to understand that no means no.''

According to Rozes, in the Nov. 21, 1995 case, a woman went to Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital and reported that she'd been raped in Hagerstown.

The woman, then 21, told police she knew Kirkpatrick through a school they both attended in Franklin County, Pa.

She said that on the day in question, she followed him to a Hagerstown photo studio and later they went out for a drink, court records said.

Then the woman went to Kirkpatrick's home to call her husband to tell him she would arrive home later than expected, court records said.

While she was on the phone, Kirkpatrick began kissing her neck and face, according to court documents.

When she objected, Kirkpatrick picked her up and carried her to the bedroom where he began undressing her and trying to fondle her, court records said.

She told police she got away from him but said that he forced her onto the couch and had sex with her, court records said.

Hagerstown Police Officer Brent Saur interviewed a number of people during his investigation, including another classmate, a 29-year-old woman.

That woman alleged that Kirkpatrick also raped her on Nov. 7, 1995, at his home when she had gone there to study with him.

Saur said she had not reported the incident to police when it happened.

Kirkpatrick was silent throughout Thursday's proceedings.

Defense attorney Gordon Lynn said Kirkpatrick was a 1986 graduate of North Hagerstown High School and completed two years of college. He works as a carpenter with a home improvement company, Lynn said.

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