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Hagerstown man held on child abuse charges also facing child porn charges

June 21, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

Already being held on $1 million bond on child sexual abuse charges, a Hagerstown man has been indicted by a Washington County grand jury on additional charges, including producing child pornography.

Thomas Leroy Griffin Jr., 31, was charged in November 2010 with second-degree rape, second- and third-degree sex offenses, child sex abuse, child sex abuse as a continuing course of conduct and other offenses, court records said.

The indictments handed down by the grand jury on June 10 allege Griffin sexually abused a girl between 2003 and August 2010; that the girl was engaged in a sex act for the purpose of creating child pornography; that the sexual activity was filmed; and Griffin retained possession of the child pornography.

Griffin was scheduled to make his initial appearance on the indictments Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court, but Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden appeared on Griffin's behalf.

Griffin is scheduled for an Aug. 4 motions hearing on the charges, followed by another hearing Aug. 16, Circuit Court records said.

When Griffin was initially charged last year, the Washington County Sheriff's Office application for statement of charges said a girl, then 11, told investigators she was sexually abused for several years, beginning when she was about 6 and living in the Hancock area, the document said.

DNA samples from Griffin and the girl were taken by investigators, the charging document said. Tests on bedding used by the girl revealed the presence of spermatozoa and those exhibits were forwarded to another laboratory for further analysis, the document said.

In December 2010, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said additional evidence was recovered in the case and that federal authorities also were investigating Griffin.

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