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court log 3/24/02

March 25, 2002

- Jeremy David Kegarise of Hagerstown pleaded guilty to solicitation for prostitution Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court. Police charged Kegarise on Sept. 21, 2001, during an early morning sting in the first block of North Prospect Street.

An undercover police officer approached Kegarise in his vehicle and he agreed to pay $20 for oral sex, according to Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Steve Kessell.

Kegarise was given a 90-day suspended sentence by Judge Donald Beachley with one year unsupervised probation. He also was ordered to stay away from the downtown area from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. during his probation period.




- Craig L. Hines, 51, of Hagerstown pleaded guilty to indecent exposure Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Police said that on June 24, 2001, Hines was seen exposing himself to traffic in the 100 block of East Antietam Street around 4:15 p.m.

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Assistant State's Attorney Steve Kessell told Beachley that Hines had previous exposure convictions dating to 1970.

Hines' attorney, John Corderman, said his client had a drinking problem and only exposed himself when he was intoxicated. He has been receiving treatment since the last incident, Corderman said.

Hines was sentenced to three years in jail with all but six months suspended, followed by 30 months probation with the first 12 months supervised.

He must also undergo mental health treatment and abstain from drugs and alcohol.




- Saul Williams, 21, of Hedgesville, W.Va., pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Williams was originally charged with felony theft but the state agreed to downgrade the charge to misdemeanor theft after learning he already had made restitution, Kessell said.

Kessell said Williams and a relative run a blacktop business and drive around looking for customers. On Feb. 25, 2000, Williams and his partner approached an elderly woman at her home on Spruce Street and offered to seal her drive way for $200. After doing some of the work they told the woman they had to make some repairs and get other supplies so they would finish the work the next day, Kessell said. They said the job would cost about $1,185.

Kessell said they pressured the woman and she gave them a check but they never finished the job.

Williams was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence, followed by 30 months probation.

He also is prohibited from doing paving or contracting work in Maryland without a proper license.




- A Smithsburg High School student accused of exposing himself to fellow students pleaded guilty to indecent exposure Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The incident occurred in a government class on Jan. 17, Kessell said.

The student was released to his father's custody and must undergo counseling.




- A 15-year-old Williamsport High School student pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

The teenager allegedly punched another student once in the mouth after that student repeated the sentence "Come here dog" to him, Kessell said. The 15-year-old was suspended because of the incident.

Sentencing was delayed pending the collection of medical bills.




- A 15-year-old Smithsburg-area boy charged with breaking into a 16-year-old girl's home and sexually assaulting her as she slept in her bed pleaded guilty to fourth-degree burglary Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Police allege the boy entered the home on South Main Street in Smithsburg through an unlocked window on the evening of Dec. 7, 2001, Maryland State Police said.

The boy was charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree sex offense and second-degree assault. The remaining charges were dropped in exchange for his plea.

He was sentenced to indefinite supervised probation and released to the custody of his mother. He was ordered by Beachley to obey the rules in his mother's household abide by a 9 p.m. curfew for 90 days.

He must also attend school and counseling and behave himself. Contact with the victim or unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 14 except for his sister is prohibited, Beachley ruled.

The teenager must also complete 30 hours of community service.

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