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Hagerstown man could face 30 months for sexually assaulting preteen girl

June 29, 2012

Prosecutors are recommending a 30-month prison sentence for a Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a preteen girl.

John Phan, 44, of 16827 Petmar Circle pleaded guilty before Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley to second-degree assault and a fourth-degree sexual offense, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson.

Second-degree assault carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Phan’s sentencing was delayed, but as part of the plea agreement, he will have to register as a sexual offender, Wilson said.

The charges were amended from the original counts of sex abuse of a minor, which has a 25-year maximum sentence, and sex abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Phan pleaded guilty to accusations he had inappropriate contact with a preteen girl in 2007 and 2008, Wilson said. 

The investigation of the allegations began in August 2011, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

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