City man is sentenced in assault

August 04, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Sean Jeffrey Thompson was given a four-year concurrent sentence Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court for last summer's assault on a man.

Thompson, 28, of Hagerstown, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. He currently is serving four years in prison for the 1997 sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.

Thompson also has 15 years back-up time on an assault with intent to murder conviction from 1990, according to Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum.

He is serving a three-year term for violation of probation at the Roxbury Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown.

Thompson's charges in the robbery incident included first-degree assault, another count of second-degree assault, attempt to rob, reckless endangerment, attempted theft and destruction of property. All were dropped in exchange for the plea.


On July 17, 1997, Hagerstown City Police were called to the front of Duke's Tavern, 33 E. Franklin St., at 1:42 p.m. for a report of a robbery.

When they arrived, they found Russell Sites Jr., 75, of Hagerstown, bleeding from the mouth, and Teresa Shatzer, 33, also of Hagerstown, with a cut on her forehead.

The two told police their assailant had run toward East Washington Street after he knocked Sites down in a robbery attempt, and hit both of them.

Thompson was arrested on a warrant July 27 after Shatzer identified him from a police photo array.

The prior sexual assault occurred Jan. 11, 1997, when the 14-year-old victim was attending a birthday party and spent the night at a friend's house, court records said.

During the night, Thompson approached the girl and began kissing her, court records said. He fondled her breasts and they had consensual sexual intercourse, according to records.

Because of the sexual assault conviction, Thompson has had to register as a convicted sex offender.

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