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Tenn. man gets extra sentence for sex offense

February 16, 2000

A Tennessee man nearing the end of a 25-year prison sentence for rape earned an additional three years Monday for a sexual offense against a child that occurred during a 1998 visit at the Maryland Correctional Training Center.

Randall Patrick pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to contributing to the condition of a child. Additional charges of child sexual abuse and assault were dropped in exchange for the plea.

According to Washington County State's Attorney Kenneth Long, the incident occurred July 26, 1998, when a woman and her 8-year-old daughter visited Patrick at MCTC.

At first, Patrick sat across from the woman and the child but he encouraged the child to sit on his lap, Long said.

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While she was on his lap, Patrick exposed himself and refused to give the child back to her mother when the woman realized what he was doing, Long said.

There were inmate witnesses to the incident but apparently none of the correctional officers on duty in the visiting room was aware of Patrick's actions.

Patrick, 42, is at the Western Correctional Institution. He began serving his prison term in 1977, including time for an escape in 1980, court records said.

Judge Fred Wright ordered that the new three-year sentence begin Monday.

- Marlo Barnhart

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