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Man sentenced in sexual assault

October 11, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell on Tuesday ordered a 23-year-old Hagerstown man to serve 30 years in prison for a New Year's Eve sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman, according to court documents.

Charelles Lamar Jones-Harris, whose last known address was 843 W. Washington St., was found guilty of second-degree assault, false imprisonment, sodomy and two counts each of second-degree and fourth-degree sex offense by a circuit court jury in July, according to court records.

McDowell sentenced Harris to two concurrent 20-year sentences for the second-degree sex offense convictions and a consecutive 10-year sentence for the false imprisonment conviction, according to court documents. Other counts were merged for sentencing, according to court records.

Jones-Harris was walking the woman home from a party Dec. 31, 2005, about 4 a.m. when Jones-Harris punched her in the face, grabbed her cell phone and dragged her into a garage/storage shed in an alley off the 100 block of West North Avenue, according to charging documents.

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Jones-Harris sodomized the woman and forced her to perform oral sex, according to records.

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