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City man faces 18 month in sex offense case

June 16, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

A 68-year-old Hagerstown man who admitted having sexual intercourse with his 29-year-old adopted retarded daughter in April 1997 was sentenced Monday to 18 months in the Washington County Detention Center.

"I think you deserve to go to prison," said Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell as he sentenced the man to 10 years in prison, the maximum for a third-degree sex offense.

But citing the man's ill health and age, McDowell suspended all but 18 months in the county jail. A $1,000 fine was levied and probation was set at two years.

The man's name is not being released to protect the identity of the victim.

"I'm sorry it happened," the man said. "It won't happen again."

Hagerstown City Police reports indicate the victim's sister brought the incident to light in May 1997 when she confided in her school counselor.

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The teacher reported to Washington County Adult Protective Services personnel, who notified police.

Detective Steve Hoover interviewed the victim, who told him that on April 29, she had sexual intercourse with her father in his bedroom.

Hoover spoke with the younger sister, who said the victim also told her of an April 20 incident involving oral sex, police reports said.

When the man was interviewed at his home, he first denied the allegations, police said. Later he admitted having intercourse with his stepdaughter on several occasions, police reports said.

The man also was charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and vulnerable adult abuse, police reports said.

Both daughters were removed from the home.

A pre-sentence report ordered when the man entered his guilty plea in mid-April revealed several larceny convictions in the 1950s.

There also was a bigamy conviction in 1965 and a solicitation for prostitution in 1997.

"I think you may be a danger and I don't want to put your family through any more," McDowell said. "You are a criminal and a deviant."

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