While a Sharpsburg man admitted Thursday to forcing a preschool age girl to touch his genital area five years ago, the child's father told the judge the offense was much worse.
After hearing the father's emotional statement, Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered Adam Lowell Ingram, 35, jailed until sentencing for a third-degree sex offense.
"I believe there will be incarceration of some nature, he might as well get started now," McDowell said.
The maximum penalty for a third-degree sex offense is 10 years in prison.
Maryland State Police charged Ingram with child abuse and two sexual offenses, including oral sex with the girl.
Thursday, the child's father handed McDowell a picture of his daughter as she looked when she was 4.
"He forced her to perform oral sex on him, your honor," the father said. "It was the most heinous thing that could happen to a child who hadn't even entered school yet."