Former Hagerstown man pleads guilty to sexually abusing a child

November 21, 2011

A former Hagerstown man pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child to produce child pornography, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Maryland.

Thomas Leroy Griffin Jr., 32, engaged in sexually explicit conduct with a child younger than 12 in to order to produce a visual depiction of that conduct, the U.S. attorney’s office said Monday in a news release.

The conduct occurred at least five times, starting when the female victim was 5 or 6 years old, until August 2010, the news release says.

On Dec. 15, 2010, the girl’s mother discovered a videotape documenting the sexual abuse, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

Under a plea agreement, Griffin will be sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release.

He also will have to register as a sex offender.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20, 2012.

The news release says Griffin also agreed to plead guilty to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor pending in Washington County Circuit Court.

The state’s attorney’s office in Washington County will recommend a 30-year sentence, concurrent to the federal sentence, the news release says.

Griffin has lived in Hagerstown and Rosedale, Md., the U.S. attorney’s office said.

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