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Hagerstown man charged with rape pleads guilty to assault

January 10, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown man who was charged with crimes including first-degree rape pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in Washington County Circuit Court to second-degree assault.

Paul Raymond Burris II pleaded guilty in an August encounter during which he threatened a woman with knives and made her perform sexual acts.

The judge sentenced Burris, 33, of 1000 E. Noland Drive, to five years in prison, with all but 12 months suspended, to be served at the Washington County Detention Center.

Burris was charged in August after a woman told police he raped her, court documents show.

While the woman performed a sexual act, Burris slapped her about 10 times, charging documents allege. He then sat on her, held three knives to her neck and then made her perform another sexual act while rubbing the knives on her legs, throat and back, according to documents.

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Burris then had sexual intercourse with the woman, and at one point stuck the knives in the wall above her head, according to documents. He then took the knives out of the wall and held them to the woman's throat, according to documents prepared by deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Burris served several years in the United States Marine Corps and has no criminal record, his defense attorney said Wednesday in court.

The woman went to the hospital, where deputies observed she had bruises on her left wrist, right wrist and elbow, according to documents. She also had rug burn on her right elbow and a swollen lower lip, according to documents.

The victim, who was in court Wednesday morning, declined to say anything before Burris was sentenced.

Burris also was charged with second-degree rape, first-degree sex offense, first-degree assault, false imprisonment, second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, second-degree assault, fourth-degree sex offense and reckless endangerment.

All other charges were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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