Hagerstown man pleads guilty to sex abuse of child

Thomas Sean Crammer faces a maximum of 30 years in prison

September 20, 2011|By DON AINES |

A Hagerstown man faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to sexually abusing a child.

Thomas Sean Crammer, 29, pleaded guilty before Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct. In exchange for the plea, a charge of sex abuse of a minor was dismissed, according to court records.

Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson told Beachley that prosecutors are seeking a sentence of at least 15 years in prison. Beachley told Crammer the maximum sentence for the conviction is 30 years.

Beachley granted a request from Assistant Public Defender Carl Creeden for a presentence investigation and said Crammer's sentencing hearing will be scheduled for a later date.

Crammer was charged in March after an adult brought the female victim to the Child Advocacy Center to be interviewed, Wilson said in reading of the statement of facts. He described four instances of sexual contact between Crammer and the girl between the early fall in 2010 and February 2011.

In the first instance, the girl told investigators that Crammer had been watching pornography on a computer before touching her inappropriately, Wilson told Beachley.

Wilson said during the plea hearing that the elements of sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct include three or more instances of abuse over a period of 90 or more days involving a child under the age of 14.

Crammer has been in custody since his arrest, and Beachley ordered that he remained held without bond pending sentencing.


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