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Local man sentenced on sex offense charge

December 12, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man was sentenced to 20 years in prison - with eight years suspended - Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree sexual offense.

The remaining charges against Michael Blaine Shatzer - second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual offense - were dismissed in exchange for his plea.

Shatzer, 44, of 221 Summer St., was charged in April. Charging documents allege that he forced a boy to have oral sex with him about 14 times at Shatzer's home from April 2000 to August 2001.

The boy, a family friend, was 13 years old at the time.

Charging documents quoted Shatzer as arguing that "he did nothing wrong because the victim was the pursuer."

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III imposed the 20-year sentence on Monday. Excluding the suspended portion of the sentence, Shatzer will have to serve 12 years.

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When Shatzer is released, he will be on unsupervised probation for five years.

Wright ordered Shatzer to have no contact with any child under 14 years old and not to live anywhere with a child under 18 years old.

Shatzer also will have to register as a sex offender.

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