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Man sentenced in sex abuse case

April 21, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A 42-year-old Hagerstown man who admitted in February that he had sex with two of his daughters was sentenced recently to 40 years in prison.

"No one knows better than I how tragically your children have been affected by this," said Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell at the February hearing.

The incidents came to light in August when the man's youngest son revealed he'd been sexually abused, beginning when he was 5 or 6.

A follow-up investigation led to charges the man also raped one of his daughters and molested another.

In exchange for the pleas, charges of parental child abuse, third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, second-degree assault of both daughters, and attempted second-degree rape were dropped.

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The man's name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victims, who range in age from 15 to 23.

The younger daughter told police in August her father began molesting her when she was 6 or 7 years old. She said he would try to have intercourse with her but was unable.

She said there were times when she was forced to perform oral sex on her father, police reports said.

She told police she didn't know until the interview with police that her siblings also had been abused.

In September, the older daughter, now 23, told police her father began molesting her when she was 10. She said he forced her to have sexual intercourse with him several times a week for more than two years, police reports said.

The sentencing was April 9.

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