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Man pleads guilty in molestation case

September 07, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Smithsburg man charged with sexually molesting a pre-teenage girl pleaded guilty Wednesday to a second-degree sexual offense in Washington County Circuit Court.

Judge Donald E. Beachley sentenced Jerry L. Stone Jr., 38, to 10 years in prison with five years suspended.  Beachley also ordered Stone to be placed on supervised probation for five years after his release from prison, and he must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The incident occurred on the night of May 19-20 at Stone’s Brown Road home, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said in reading the statement of facts in court.

A relative of the victim took the child to the Maryland State Police barrack on June 7 to report she had been molested, Wilson said.

Assistant Public Defender Charles Bailey told Beachley that Stone wanted to resolve the case to avoid further harm to the child. The night of the incident Stone had taken medications meant for another person in the house, Bailey said.

“It is safe to say it will never happen again,” Bailey told Beachley.

“Those actions are completely beyond acceptable in a civilized society,” Beachley told Stone. The explanation regarding the medications “just doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Wilson said prosecutors would dismiss charges of third-degree sexual offense, sex abuse of a minor, second-degree assault and perverted practices in exchange for the plea.

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