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Teenager gets 18 months in jail for rape of cousin

June 23, 1999|By MARLO BARNHART

Forcing his first cousin to have sexual intercourse with him last summer netted a Martinsburg, W.Va., teenager an 18-month jail term Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The boy, now 17, was waived to adult court last June and charged with second-degree rape, a fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

He pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree rape and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with all but the 18 months suspended by Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said the girl's family was consulted and said they were satisfied with the 18-month sentence and other requirements.

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Those include seeking counseling and sex offender therapy, staying away from the victim, and opting for no modification of the sentence while in jail.

In addition, the teenager will be placed on the list of registered sex offenders, Boone ordered.

The teenager, who has been in custody since October, remained silent throughout the proceedings. He will be given credit for the time he has served.

The 14-year-old victim told authorities she was baby-sitting in Hagerstown for the boy's sister when the incident occurred.

She said he grabbed her by the throat and took her into the living room, where he began taking off her clothes and fondling her, according to court records.

He then forced her onto a couch and used his body weight to hold her down while having sexual intercourse with her, court records alleged.

The girl told police she told him no several times and tried to push him off but he was too heavy, court records said.

When he got up, he went outside and the girl locked the door behind him, court records said.

Interviewed by Hagerstown City Police, the boy told officers at first that the sex was consensual. Later he admitted he forced her, court records said.

Boone termed the case "unfortunate" but added that he went along with the plea agreement because the victim's family had agreed with it.

The boy's name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

- Marlo Barnhart

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