By KERRY LYNN FRALEY
A Hagerstown man was convicted of a sexual offense against a 17-year-old girl Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court.
As part of a plea agreement, Samuel O. Thorne, 22, of Hagerstown, entered an Alford plea to a charge of fourth-degree sexual offense.
Under an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges the state has evidence to gain a conviction, but does not admit guilt.
The charge was one of several stemming from an incident on Jan. 23, 1997, in a room at Motel 6 in Halfway, according to court records.
The girl, who did not appear as a witness, told police that Thorne asked her to come with him to the room to talk about an old girlfriend, according to court records.