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Man found guilty of sex offense

February 05, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

A Hagerstown man was found guilty by a Washington County Circuit Court jury Thursday of third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault in connection with inappropriately touching a 10-year-old boy in 2002.

The jury took less than 30 minutes to return its verdict, a Circuit Court clerk said.

David Shawn Ardinger, 39, whose address was listed on charging documents as 17611 Stone Valley Court, Hagerstown, was ordered to be held without bond at the Washington County Detention Center pending the completion of a pre-sentence investigation, according to court documents.

The pre-sentence investigation order includes a request to inquire with authorities in the Mercersburg, Pa., area about charges pending there, documents state.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III granted defense motions for acquittal on charges of child abuse and contributing to the condition of a child.

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On Jan. 16, 2002, a woman called the Hagerstown Police Department to report that her 10-year-old son had been touched in the genital area by Ardinger at her Noland Drive home.

The boy told police that Ardinger took him to the movies, brought him clothes, took him to his house and visited him at his mother's house, even spending the night there, before Jan. 15, 2002, at which time the boy said Ardinger touched him, according to charging documents.

Ardinger said a prayer with the boy and his brother before asking the boy to talk with him "over in his bed," documents state. The boy said that while the two were talking, he fell asleep, but woke up and found his sweat pants pulled down and noticed Ardinger touching his genital area, documents state. The boy told his mother about the incident the following afternoon when he returned from school, according to court documents.

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