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Man charged with offenses against daughters

September 21, 1997

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

A 42-year-old Hagerstown man who was accused in August of sexually abusing his youngest son has now been charged with raping one of his daughters and molesting another.

Jailed in lieu of $250,000 bond, the man is facing new charges of parental child abuse, second-, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and second-degree assault of both daughters; second-degree rape of one daughter, and attempted second-degree rape of the other, Hagerstown City Police said Thursday.

He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center.

The man's name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victims, who now range in age from 15 to 22.

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Hagerstown City Police first brought charges of parental child abuse, second-degree offense and second-degree assault against the father Aug. 27 in connection with the youngest son.

The son told police he was about 5 years old when his father forced him to perform oral sex with him. The boy also told police his father made him snort a white powder up his nose before the sexual encounters.

The powder made him feel drowsy and listless, the boy told police.

Those encounters, which always occurred when his mother and other siblings were out of the house, went on for two years, the boy told police.

In the case of the younger daughter, she told police in August her father began assaulting her when she was 6 or 7 years old. She said he would try to have intercourse with her but was unable.

She also said there were incidents where she was forced to perform oral sex on her father, police reports said.

She told police she didn't know until the interview with police that her siblings had also been abused.

On Sept. 4, the eldest daughter, now 22, told police her father began molesting her when she was 10. She said he forced her to have sexual intercourse with him several times a week for more than two years, police reports said.

He told her never to tell, police reports said. And until her interview earlier this month, she told police she never did.

Though no charges have been filed as yet, police documents also detail allegations of sexual abuse against still another son who told police he was forced to perform oral sex on an uncle when he was 10.

That son, now 19, told police he would be paid $50 each time - money he would give to his father.

When the mother was told of those incidents, the boy told police, she allegedly told him not to say anything because "it was family.''

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