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Man sentenced in sex attack

February 24, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Man sentenced in sex attack

A Waynesboro, Pa., man was sentenced to one year in jail Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court for forcing a woman to perform oral sex after luring her into his car last May.

Kreed G. Gardner, 38, of 140 S. Church St., entered an Alford plea to a second-degree sex offense. Charges of first-degree sex offense, first-degree assault and false imprisonment were dropped in exchange for the plea.

In an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges the state has evidence to gain a conviction but does not admit guilt.

The May 31 incident came to light when the victim showed up at Washington County Hospital and Hagerstown City Police were called.

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She told police she spent the night of May 30 at a friend's home on Jonathan Street in Hagerstown. She told police she left at 5 a.m. and was walking on Church Street when a car pulled up behind her and the driver yelled something out the window.

When the woman walked up to the car, the driver produced a knife and ordered her into the car, police reports said.

Somewhere off Broadfording Road, the man pulled over and ordered the victim to perform oral sex, police reports said.

All the while, the man was holding the knife, the victim told police.

She said she did what he wanted her to do briefly but struggled to get away, causing her blouse to be ripped. Police said the victim's blouse was ripped when they saw her at the emergency room.

The investigation began with interviews with several friends of the victim who said they recognized the description of the man and his car.

On June 3, the woman picked Gardner out of a photo line-up, according to police.

Wright sentenced Gardner to five years in prison, and suspended all but one year. The Jail Substance Abuse Program was ordered for Gardner's admitted alcohol and crack cocaine habits.

Defense attorney Martin Palmer said Gardner is willing to attend a Brook Lane Psychiatric Center program called Abundant Life Counseling.

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