Hagerstown man convicted on charges of sexually abusing girl

George William Spangler II was released on bail pending sentencing

March 03, 2011|By DON AINES |

A Hagerstown man has been convicted in Kent County Circuit Court on charges that he sexually abused a girl there last summer.

A judge on Feb. 22 found George William Spangler II, 39, of 14 Tulsa Lane, guilty of charges of sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, court records said.

A presentence investigation was ordered following the trial before Judge Paul M. Bowman, according to the Kent County Clerk of the Court's office. Spangler was released on bail pending sentencing, the clerk's office said.

Conviction on the most serious charge, sex abuse of a minor, carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

The July 2010 incident involved a 12-year-old girl who was staying in the Chesapeake Bay area at the time, according to the application for statement of charges filed by Maryland State Police.

The girl told investigators that Spangler had been drinking that day and, at about 1 a.m. on July 18, asked her and another girl to go swimming, the charging documents said. The two girls were in the water when Spangler came up behind the victim and put his hand down her bathing suit bottom, the documents said.

The girl told investigators she swam away and got out of the water, but Spangler touched her again, tried to kiss her and asked if she had ever had sex, the documents said.

The victim told her parents what happened, and it was reported to state police in Washington County on July 19.

The information was given to the Washington County Department of Social Services the next day, and the girl was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center, the documents said.

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