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Man pleads to sex abuse of granddaughter

June 10, 1999

A 55-year-old Williamsport man charged last December with sexually abusing his granddaughter during the summer of 1997 pleaded guilty recently to one count of third-degree sex offense.

Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone handed down a 10-year prison sentence on May 12, suspending all but 18 months that will be served on home detention, according to court records.

He will be on probation for four years and must register with the State of Maryland as a sex offender, court records said.

The man's name is being withheld to protect the victim.

A charge of child abuse was dropped in exchange for the plea.

The 13-year-old girl told Maryland State Police she had been sexually fondled on three separate occasions at the man's home.

- Marlo Barnhart

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