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Man sentenced to prison for molesting two boys

September 15, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

HAGERSTOWN - A 33-year-old Boonsboro man was ordered Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 10 years in prison on charges that he sexually molested two boys.

Robert Francis Bowers III, of 622 N. Main St., was ordered to serve two consecutive 10-year sentences, the maximum sentences allowed on two third-degree sex offense charges to which he pleaded guilty in July.

Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III suspended 10 years of Bowers' sentence. He ordered that Bowers be evaluated by the Maryland Division of Correction for possible placement at Patuxent Institution, the state's only prison to offer treatment for sex offenders.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said that with a Patuxent placement it is possible that Bowers will serve a longer sentence because the facility has different release requirements than other state prisons.

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Wright told Bowers, "These children have been psychologically damaged and that psychological damage will remain with them for the rest of their lives. You have taken from them their feelings of masculinity.

"You indicate you don't know why you did it ... You committed evil choices, that's all," Wright continued. "There is evil in this world and you chose evil - that's why you damaged these children."

Bowers was charged with molesting an 11-year-old who is now 16 and performing oral sex with a 15-year-old boy, Cirincion said.

"This sexual molestation spanned a number of years and a number of victims," she told Wright.

Bowers' mother, pastor and a co-worker testified on his behalf.

Bowers told Wright through tears, "I took their innocence. I caused confusion in them and I betrayed their trust in me. I am truly sorry."

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