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Man gets 18 months in prison after plea

October 26, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Clear Spring man who on Monday entered an Alford plea to a charge that he inappropriately touched his baby sitter in May was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 18 months in jail.

Robert Lee Shade, 44, of 14415 National Pike in Clear Spring, entered an Alford plea to a third-degree sex offense charge in connection with the May 9 incident.

Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but agrees the state has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction.

According to charging documents, a 15-year-old girl, whose name is not being released to protect her identity, was baby-sitting Shade's son at his sister-in-law's house on May 8, beginning at about 6 p.m. Shade returned to the house at about 12:20 a.m. on May 9 to pick up his son and followed the girl back to a bedroom where she went to find his son's shorts, according to charging documents.

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Once in the bedroom, the girl said, Shade grabbed her by the arms and threw her on the bed, telling the girl: " ... you know I would never hurt you," according to charging documents.

Shade touched the girl in a private area against her will and it wasn't until she was able to kick him in the stomach that he got off of her, according to charging documents.

Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Shade to serve five years in state prison, but suspended all but 18 months of that sentence to be served at the Washington County Detention Center, according to court documents. He ordered that Shade serve three years of unsupervised probation upon his release and register as a sex offender, according to court documents.

He ordered that Shade pay the girl $322.69 in restitution within 30 days but waived court costs, according to court documents.

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