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May 27, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Disposition delayed in auto theft case



A disposition on a motor vehicle theft charge was delayed Wednesday after a judge learned the charged 16-year-old boy is living with his parents and the youth's 30-year-old wife.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered a pre-disposition investigation of the youth and placed him on community detention until mid-June.

The youth, who is not in school, admitted stealing a white 1998 Pontiac Grand Am on March 20 in Hagerstown.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said the car was stolen from someone the youth didn't know. She said the youth was found to be intoxicated when pulled over by police.

The boy's mother said the youth lives with her, her husband, her 12-year-old daughter and the boy's wife, who Flores said is 30 years old.

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The mother said she had "no idea" how the couple met, but then said she thought they met through mutual friends.

"It's unusual, to say the least," Beachley said. "As a general rule, 16-year-olds should be in school, studying and going to proms."




Evaluation ordered in school sex offense



A 15-year-old boy's disposition on a fourth-degree sex offense charge was delayed Wednesday in Washington County juvenile court, pending the completion of an evaluation.

The boy admitted in juvenile court Wednesday to inappropriately touching a female classmate's buttocks.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that on April 22, a girl at Springfield Middle School reported to her principal that she had been sexually assaulted two days before.

Flores said that on April 20, the boy approached the girl and told her he wanted to "lick her like a popsicle." After the girl walked away, the boy followed her and showed her a journal with vulgar comments about her, she said.

Flores said that later, while the girl was sitting on a classroom stool, she "felt someone grab her butt" and discovered it was the defendant.

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