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Washington County Circuit Court briefs

January 30, 2004

Man's name won't be on sex offenders list


The name of a Hagerstown man convicted of inappropriately touching a teen-age girl will not appear on a list of registered child sex offenders, a judge ruled Thursday.

David Randall Wynkoop, 41, whose last known address was 317 E. Ridge Drive in Hagerstown, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of second-degree assault. The charge stemmed from an Aug. 9, 2002, incident in which Wynkoop was accused of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old girl who was in his care for four nights.

Wynkoop appeared in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday to appeal a District Court sentence that would have required his name to be placed on a list of registered child sex offenders. Judge John H. McDowell ruled that Wynkoop's name would not be listed because of the girl's age.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said in court that on one night Wynkoop sat on the edge of the girl's bed and massaged her calves, on another night he massaged her thighs and on a third night he touched her vagina.

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Cirincion said the girl pretended she was sleeping.

She said that because of the girl's age, the state would not pursue having Wynkoop registered as a child sex offender.

Wynkoop, a former corrections officer, has served 125 days in jail for the offense. He will continue to be observed by a Pennsylvania probation officer to ensure he does not have contact with the victim.

McDowell sentenced Wynkoop to three years in a state prison, suspended the sentence and ordered two years of supervised probation.

Man pleads guilty in bottle rocket incident


A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court on Thursday to reckless endangerment in an incident in which a bottle rocket landed on a woman's dashboard and burned her face.

Robert Anthony Popp, 18, of 1041 Columbia Road in Hagerstown, was sentenced to 18 months in the Washington County Detention Center, which was suspended, and one year of unsupervised probation.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said that on Sept. 7, Popp was setting off bottle rockets in a Hagerstown Food Lion parking lot when one of the rockets whisked through the woman's open car window. She said police detectives later found out the teen was dared to aim the rocket into a car.

"Clearly, this could have been disastrous," Cirincion said.

"I could just imagine a bottle rocket going off in someone's car and the fright associated with it," Circuit Judge John H. McDowell said when he sentenced Popp.

Popp also was ordered to pay the victim $205.31 in restitution.

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