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Hagerstown man sentenced to 2 1/2 years for molesting preteen

John Phan pleaded guilty in June to second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense

August 07, 2012

A Hagerstown man was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 2 1/2 years in state prison for molesting a preteen girl.

John Phan, 44, formerly of Petmar Circle, pleaded guilty in June to second-degree assault and fourth-degree sex offense. He received an eight-year sentence from Judge Donald E. Beachley, who suspended all but 30 months.

At the time he entered the plea agreement, Assistant State’s Attorney Brett Wilson said Phan would have to register as a sex offender.

Phan was given credit for 110 days served in the county detention center before he was able to post bond.

Phan originally was charged with felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor and sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct, but was allowed to plead to amended misdemeanor charges, court records said.

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In August 2011, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations that Phan had inappropriate contact with the girl in 2007 and 2008.

Defense attorney Abraham Carpio asked Beachley to consider a suspended sentence or a year in the detention center.

Beachley ordered Phan not to have unsupervised contact with any children younger than 16 and placed him on probation for five years.

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