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Hagerstown man sentenced to 36 years for sexual abuse

Chad M. Hook was found guilty of second-degree sex offense and sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct

February 23, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to 36 years in state prison for sexually abusing a girl a decade ago.

A jury in December found Chad M. Hook, 35, of 44 E. Washington St., guilty of second-degree sex offense and sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct. He was found not guilty of a second-degree rape charge.

Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Hook to 18 years in prison on each conviction, all to run consecutively, according to court records.

Hagerstown police received a report in April, 2011 that the victim disclosed during therapy sessions that Hook abused her between 2001 and 2003, court documents said. At the time of the abuse, Hook lived on North Prospect Street.

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In 2003, police investigated the death of Hook’s 3-year-old son, Christopher J. Hook, The Herald-Mail has reported. The investigation determined that the boy died of compression asphyxia when he became wedged beneath his father while they slept on a sofa at the Prospect Street house.

As part of the investigation into that child’s death, police made inquiries to determine if a female and another male living with Hook had been abused, according to the statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police.

A physical examination of those children revealed injuries “highly suspicious for sexual abuse,” the charging documents said.

The girl, now a teenager, testified at Hook’s two-day trial, as did the physician who originally examined her for signs of sexual abuse in 2003.

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