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Hagerstown man pleads guilty to sexually abusing child

Robert Paul Hade faces a mandatory sentence of at least 15 years in prison

June 08, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in federal court in Baltimore to sexually abusing a child to produce child pornography.

Robert Paul Hade, 43, who formerly lived off Robinwood Drive, had been charged by the Washington County Sheriff's Office with second- and third-degree sex offenses, sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, according to Washington County Circuit Court records.

He was later indicted on an additional count of sexual abuse of a minor and manufacturing child pornography, the court records said.

In December, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson asked a county Circuit Court judge to place those charges in the inactive docket because Hade had been indicted on federal charges in U.S. District Court.

Hade, who could face a maximum of 30 years in prison, is to be sentenced Sept. 16 by U.S District Judge Richard D. Bennett, according to a news release from Maryland's U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

As part of the plea agreement, Hade must also register as a sex offender wherever he lives, works or is a student, and remain under supervision for the rest of his life, the release said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristi N. O'Malley prosecuted the case, the release said.

In May 2010, a girl told investigators that Hade had sexually abused her from the time she was 8 years old until she was 10, according to the charging documents. The girl is now a teenager, the documents said.

On May 15, 2010, a search of Hade's home turned up images and a video of the child, the release said.

Several images of the girl posing nude were taken on two dates in June 2006, according to the statement of charges. It also stated that Hade performed sexual acts on the girl, as well as inappropriate touching.

Washington County Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore participated in the announcement of the plea, the release said.

After his initial arrest, Hade was being held in the Washington County Detention Center. Wilson said in December that Hade would be transferred to federal custody as a result of the federal indictment.

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