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Ex-professor gets sentenced to prison in molestation case

September 01, 2005|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A former history professor at Shippensburg (Pa.) University was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to three to 23 months in county prison for molesting a 16-year-old girl.

Paul V. Adams, 63, of 106980 Path Valley Road, Fannettsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty June 29 to misdemeanor charges of indecent assault and corruption of minors, according to court records. Felony sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, court records stated.

In addition to the jail sentence, Adams was placed on probation for five years by Judge Carol Van Horn.

The incident involving the girl happened in Adams' house in January, according to Pennsylvania State Police. The girl told police she was sleeping on the couch when Adams molested her, the affidavit of probable cause stated.

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The girl told police she resisted and Adams stopped, but he attempted to touch her again a short time later, according to the affidavit.

The girl contacted police Feb. 3 and Adams was interviewed the same day, police said. Adams told police the girl did not resist and he made no further attempt to have contact with her, police said.

At the time the charges against Adams were filed, a university official said he was still employed by the university. Adams joined the faculty in 1969, the official said.

Adams' attorney told Van Horn Tuesday that his client no longer was employed by the university, according to Assistant District Attorney John Lisko.

"The judge was very upset with the fact that he was placed in a position of trust ... and he violated that trust and needed to go to jail," Lisko said after the sentencing.

Van Horn fined Adams $300 and ordered him to have no contact with the victim, according to court records.

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