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Hagerstown man sentenced to 25 years in prison for molesting boy

Timothy Allen Norris poses 'a moderate to high risk of re-offending'

January 18, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty last fall to molesting a 4-year-old boy was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to eight years in prison.

Timothy Allen Norris poses "a moderate to high risk of re-offending," Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III said, citing Norris' presentence investigation.

Boone sentenced Norris to 25 years in prison with all but eight of those years suspended.

Norris, 44, of 1125 Glenwood Ave., pleaded guilty in October to sexual abuse of a minor. In exchange for the plea, charges of third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault were dismissed, court records show.

Boone said Norris must register with the state as a sexual offender and will spend three years on probation after his release. Norris must not have unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and must complete a sexual offender treatment program, Boone said.

Defense Attorney Bernard W. Semler II asked Boone to impose a local sentence, saying Norris could be victimized in state prison. Boone echoed that concern, but included in his sentence a recommendation to the state that Norris be incarcerated at Patuxent Institution, where prisoners with mental health issues can receive treatment.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said the state was asking for a 10-year sentence.

"He set this up. He befriended a single father, a co-worker," Wilson said after the sentencing. Having befriended the  victim's father, he offered to take the boy to the movies, Wilson said.

In February, the victim was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff's Office. The boy told investigators that a man he knew as "Timmy" had taken him to see a movie and, while driving him home, touched him inappropriately, the statement said.

The child's father identified "Timmy" as being Norris and investigators interviewed him Feb. 17, the application said. Norris admitted during the videotaped interview to touching the child.

Norris pleaded guilty in 1995 to a third-degree sex offense involving a child, Wilson said. Norris was sentenced to 18 months in the county detention center with 3 1/2 years suspended, and later served additional time for a probation violation, Wilson said.

"They were almost identical charges to what he was charged with in this case," Wilson said.

The 1995 case involved a 7-year-old boy whom Norris touched inappropriately, court records show.

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