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Man who had sex with 13-year-old must register as sex offender

Mitchell Blevins of Clear Spring must remove networking site profile

July 08, 2010|By DON AINES

HAGERSTOWN -- An 18-year-old Clear Spring man who had sex with a 13-year-old girl he met through a social networking site was ordered Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to remove his profile from the site, but he still will be on the Internet as a registered sexual offender.

"The temptation is there for me to just give you a taste of jail," Circuit Judge Daniel P. Dwyer told Mitchell Blevins, of 20A Mulberry St., who pleaded guilty May 19 to a third-degree sexual offense charge, according to court records.

In exchange for his plea, the state did not prosecute Blevins on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault, court records show.

Dwyer gave Blevins a three-year suspended prison sentence and three years of supervised probation, and ordered him to have no contact with the victim or any unsupervised contact with children younger than 16 and to perform 100 hours of community service. Blevins also will have to register as a sexual offender, Dwyer said.

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"It's going to be on the Internet ... That's not discretionary," Dwyer said of the sexual offenders registration requirement.

Dwyer noted the victim listed her age as 16 on her Internet profile, but that it also listed her correct date of birth, which made her 13 at the time the offense occurred in 2009.

"The burden was on you to know better," Dwyer said.

Blevins knew the girl was 13 before they had sex, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Blevins met the girl through the social networking site around Thanksgiving and had sexual intercourse with her twice in December 2009 at her Hagerstown-area home, the application for statement of charges said.

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