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Teen admits sex abuse on 9-year-old

March 01, 2001

Teen admits sex abuse on 9-year-old



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Everyone agreed Wednesday in Washington County Juvenile Court that a teenage boy who admitted sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl needs intensive help with controlling his urges.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Susan Lochbaum said she wanted the 17-year-old detained at the Noyes Center in Rockville until a plan could be formulated.

Judge Donald Beachley decided to allow the teenager to remain on community detention since he had done well for the past month and was maintaining full-time employment.

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The teen admitted to a third-degree sex offense against the child. More serious charges of attempted second-degree rape and a second-degree sex offense were dropped in exchange for the plea.

Lochbaum said the incidents occurred between May and June of 1998 at a home where the child spent time after school.

For nearly two years, the girl said nothing but earlier this year she told her family the boy had done "bad things" to her.

"This has had a tremendous effect on the child," Lochbaum said. She argued for detention for that reason and also because the teen had two prior run-ins with juvenile authorities - an assault and a reckless endangerment.

Lochbaum said the teen told Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Michael Potter he had trouble controlling himself when he was around the child.

In court Wednesday, the child's father told Beachley that his daughter had to live two years with the guilt.

"She didn't tell us because she thought we'd think it was her fault and she'd get in trouble," the father said.

While awaiting judgment, the teenager was ordered to submit to a sex offender evaluation and to have no contact with the victim or any other children.

"This is an extremely serious matter," Beachley told the teen.

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