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Woman who violated probation to serve time in prison

July 19, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

A Hagerstown woman who served 18 months in jail after she pleaded guilty in 2005 to second-degree assault for forcing an 11-year-old boy to have sex with her in November 2004 will spend 3 1/2 years in prison for violating her probation, a judge ordered Thursday.

Danielle Nicole Frye, 21, admitted Thursday morning in Washington County Circuit Court to violating her probation by leaving Maryland without permission.

Frye went to the YWCA in Harrisburg, Pa., in May, but returned on her own, Public Defender Eric A. Reed said.

Frye has been in jail since May 31.

On the original second-degree assault count, Frye was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but 18 months suspended.

A parole and probation officer recommended Thursday that Washington County Circuit Judge Donald Beachley impose the remaining 8 1/2 years of Frye's prison sentence, with five years suspended, and also that Beachley order Frye to register as a sex offender.

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Reed asked that Beachley consider sentencing Frye to time in the local jail because there were no allegations of her committing a new offense, he said.

Frye's original sentence was "quite lenient," Deputy State's Attorney Joseph Michael said. Her actions have had a long-term impact on the victim in that case, he said.

Beachley went along with the probation officer's recommended sentence, but said he would not order Frye to register as a sex offender.

After her release from jail, Frye will be on probation for 42 months, with two years supervised, Beachley ordered.

Beachley also ordered Frye to have no contact with the victim, and no unsupervised contact with any boy younger than 16.

Frye sobbed and wiped her eyes on her white T-shirt as deputies led her out of the courtroom after the sentencing.

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