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Convicted sex offender withdraws his appeal

July 12, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

A former Hagerstown man who is serving a prison sentence of 12 years for second-degree sexual offense on Monday withdrew an appeal of his sentence.

Michael Blaine Shatzer, 47, pleaded guilty in 2002 to sexually abusing a juvenile. Two other charges - second-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual offense - were dismissed in exchange for his plea.

In his appeal, Shatzer, an inmate at Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., claimed his contact with the juvenile was consensual. Shatzer also disputed court documents putting the victim's age at 13 at the time of the contact.

Shatzer claimed the boy was 14.

According to charging documents, Shatzer forced the boy to have oral sex with him about 14 times at his home from April 2000 to August 2001. The documents quoted Shatzer as arguing that "he did nothing wrong because the victim was the pursuer."

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In his petition, Shatzer included letters allegedly written by the victim, who also asserts the contact was consensual. The victim's letters also state he was 14 at the time.

Shatzer was sentenced to 20 years in prison, including a suspended term of 8 years, in September 2002.

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