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Man sentenced to prison for sex offense conviction

April 07, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

David Shawn Ardinger was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve five years in state prison for a third-degree sex offense conviction.

Ardinger, 39, whose address was listed on charging documents as 17611 Stone Valley Court, Hagerstown, was found guilty by a Circuit Court jury in February of third-degree sex offense and second-degree assault in connection with inappropriately touching a 10-year-old boy in 2002.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III on Wednesday ordered Ardinger to register as a sex offender, according to court documents.

He was given credit for two years and 64 days of served time, according to court documents. The second-degree assault conviction was merged for sentencing, according to court records.

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Wright on Wednesday denied a motion for a new trial, court records state.

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 sweatpants pulled down and Ardinger inappropriately touching him, 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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