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Treatment recommended in sex case

October 16, 1997

Everyone agreed Wednesday that a 14-year-old Hagerstown boy who performed a sex act on his 6-year-old half sister in June needs sex offender treatment, including the teenager.

After admitting in Washington County Juvenile Court that he committed a second-degree sex offense, the teen was returned to the child and adolescent unit at the Finan Center to await disposition.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum told Judge John H. McDowell the incident came to light on June 19 when a representative of the Department of Social Services called Deputy Ken Barnhart of the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The 6-year-old girl first told her mother that while her half brother was baby-sitting her, he took her to a bedroom and touched her genital area.

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When confronted, the boy admitted the contact, Lochbaum said. He was sent to the Finan Center at that time and has been there ever since.

Defense attorney Michael Morrissette agreed that the boy needs the structure available at the Finan Center.

Although silent in court Wednesday, the youth told his attorney that he knows he needs help.

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