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Fairplay man pleads guilty to rape

May 24, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- A 61-year-old Fairplay man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to second-degree rape for having sexual intercourse with an underage girl.

Marion Wesley Stone, of 17343 Spielman Road, entered the plea before Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said the state will ask that Stone be sentenced to 10 years in prison. The maximum sentence for second-degree rape is 20 years in prison, Wilson said.

In exchange for the plea, Wilson said the state will dismiss a second charge of second-degree rape, as well as two counts each of sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and third-degree sexual offense against Stone.

Dwyer ordered a presentence investigation to be completed before Stone is sentenced.

On Nov. 6, 2009, the 14-year-old girl and her mother went to the Maryland State Police barrack in Hagerstown, according to the application for statement of charges. The mother told police that her daughter had recently gotten a cell phone and that the mother took it away for disciplinary reasons, the application said.

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A short time later, the mother received a text message meant for her daughter, the application said. The message was of a "sexual nature," Wilson said in court.

The mother told police her daughter went to Stone's house in Fairplay when she ran away in July 2009, according to the application for statement of charges.

The daughter was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center in Washington County, where she told a caseworker that the cell phone was given to her by Stone, the application said. The girl told the caseworker that Stone first had sexual intercourse with her in 2004, the application said.

Stone was interviewed Nov. 19, 2009, and admitted to having intercourse with the girl in July 2009 and on another occasion in the fall of 2008, the application said.

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