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19-year-old Hagerstown man sentenced to seven years for molesting girls

Andrew S. Hadley of Opal Court pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sex offenses

February 16, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Washington County Circuit Court judge Wednesday sentenced a 19-year-old Hagerstown man to seven years in state prison for molesting two girls last year.

Andrew S. Hadley of 1101 Opal Court pleaded guilty Dec. 29 to two counts of third-degree sex offenses, according to court records. But two counts each of fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault and individual counts of sex abuse of a minor and sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct were dismissed, the records said.

Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Hadley to 10 years in prison, suspending three years, plus another 10-year suspended sentence.

Hadley will also have to register with the state as a sex offender, Boone said.

In August 2010 the Washington  County Sheriff's Office investigated allegations that Hadley and sexually assaulted two girls, according to the statement of probable cause. The girls, now ages 8 and 9, said Hadley sexually assaulted them in the spring of 2009 at the home of a relative of Hadley's.

Hadley has a history of mental disorders and cannot read, defense attorney James Reed told Boone. He asked the judge to jail Hadley at the Washington County Detention Center.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said Hadley tried to blame the victims when he was interviewed by an investigator and said the effect on one of the victims has been severe. He described Hadley's behavior as predatory.

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