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Case against former Hagerstown man charged with sexual abuse moves forward

William Thomas Berry III is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct and child abuse

August 15, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
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The case of a former Hagerstown man charged with sexually abusing an underage girl has been sent on to Washington County Circuit Court.

Washington County District Judge Mark Thomas ruled during a Wednesday hearing that there was enough evidence to forward the case of William Thomas Berry III, 28, to Circuit Court.

Berry is charged with sexual abuse of a minor, sexual abuse of a minor as a continuing course of conduct and child abuse, according to court records.

Hagerstown police have said the preteen girl came forward in 2008, alleging Berry sexually assaulted her many times between 2002 and 2005.

Detective Shane Blankenship testified Wednesday that the alleged assaults reportedly occurred at a home.
He said the victim claimed that Berry molested her several times, touching her while she showered. On one occasion, Blankenship said, Berry was accused of trying to have intercourse with the girl in a bedroom.

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Berry was incarcerated in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail in 2003 for robbery, and again in 2005 on assault charges, according to jail records. The assault case resulted in a state prison sentence, jail records said.

A conviction on a charge of child abuse as a continuing course of conduct carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

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