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Man sentenced to five years for sex offenses

October 24, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 27-year-old Hagerstown man was ordered to serve five years in prison Monday after a Washington County Circuit jury found him guilty of having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents.

Steven Anthony Powell, of 1172 Corbett St., was found guilty of four third-degree sex offense charges and was sentenced by Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. to four concurrent 10-year sentences on each count, documents state.

Long suspended five years of each sentence, court records show.

According to charging documents, the girl had "consensual" sex with Powell four times from Sept. 4, 2005, to Oct. 7, 2005.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion prosecuted the case and attorney Stephen H. Sacks represented Powell, documents state.

The jury took about 30 minutes to return its verdict, a circuit clerk said.

Long granted defense motions to acquit Powell on four counts of fourth-degree sex offense and one count of contributing to the condition of a child, according to court documents.

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