Man pleads guilty to abuse
By MARLO BARNHART
A 34-year-old Hagerstown man accused of exposing himself and attempting to force himself sexually on his girlfriend's teenage daughter pleaded guilty to battery Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.
Judge John H. McDowell gave the man a 60-day suspended sentence and placed him on probation for one year.
The man, whose name was withheld to protect the identity of the victim, also had been charged with one count of child abuse, three counts of fourth-degree sex offense and four counts of second-degree assault, according to court records.
Those charges were dropped in exchange for the plea.
The incident came to light July 13, 1996, when Hagerstown City Police contacted the victim, then 14, who told officers she was afraid to go back into her home.