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Hagerstown man pleads guilty to sex abuse of minor

July 19, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to sexually abusing a young girl.

Circuit Judge John H. McDowell delayed sentencing until a mental-health assessment and presentence investigation can be completed.

Jason L. Tenly, 19, of 13628 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 4, pleaded guilty to sex abuse of a minor. He had been held in the Washington County Detention Center since shortly after the Nov. 18, 2010, incident, according to court records.

"There are mental health issues, the state acknowledges that," Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson told McDowell.

Although a conviction on the charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, the prosecution will ask that he serve any sentence in the county detention center, followed by probation and some type of residential placement program, Wilson said.

On the night of Nov. 18, Tenly had been drinking, Wilson said, reading from the statement of facts. Tenly told investigators from the Washington County Sheriff's Office he had touched a child inappropriately that night, Wilson said.

Tenly told McDowell he had received treatment in the past from a psychiatrist.

In exchange for Tenly's plea, the state agreed to dismiss related charges of second-degree sex offense, third-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault.

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