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Hagerstown man sentenced to 15 years for sexually molesting 11-year-old

November 29, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Washington County Circuit Court judge Tuesday sentenced a Hagerstown man to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in September to sexually molesting a girl.

“It’s my belief that bad influences did land me here,” Thomas Sean Crammer told Judge Donald E. Beachley.

Crammer said his use of cocaine and abuse of alcohol “blurred the lines” between right and wrong.

Beachley responded that Crammer had been charged with trying to have sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl.

“That’s a blurry line to you?” Beachley asked.

Crammer, 30, was charged in March after an adult brought the female victim to the Child Advocacy Center to be interviewed, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said at Crammer’s Sept. 20 plea hearing.

At that time, Wilson described four instances of sexual contact between Crammer and the girl in late 2010 and early 2011.

Crammer pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child as a continuing course of conduct. The maximum sentence for the offense is 30 years, and the prosecution was asking for at least 15 years, Wilson said in September.

“I beg you, consider the minimum sentence possible,” Crammer told Beachley.

The judge sentenced him to 30 years in prison with 15 years suspended.

Crammer will also be on five years of supervised probation following his release and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Beachley said.

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