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November 30, 1999
A former Boonsboro Middle School social studies teacher who pleaded guilty in June to sexual child abuse was sentenced Wednesday to serve 10 years in prison with 5 1/2 years suspended. Read the full story in Thursday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
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By MARLO BARNHART | November 23, 1998
A 53-year-old Hagerstown man who admitted sexually abusing both his daughter and his son many years ago has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in Washington County Circuit Court. The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual child abuse in late September. Each count carried a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Last Thursday, Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell imposed the maximum sentence in each case and ordered they be served consecutively. Then McDowell suspended all but 6 1/2 years in each case, making a total of 13 years to be served.
NEWS
February 10, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A Hagerstown man sentenced in late 1995 to serve 15 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl posted $20,000 bond late last week. Stanley Leroy Carpenter, now 61, was ordered on Friday to stay away from the victim, a girl he was accused of abusing over an eight-year period, and from the victim's family. In December 1996, Maryland's second highest court ordered Carpenter retried. The court questioned the possible partiality of a juror, although that juror didn't serve on the Washington County jury that convicted Carpenter.
NEWS
February 20, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Alluding to "unusual family dynamics," Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell postponed sentencing Thursday for a 22-year-old Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of his half sister, seven years his junior. The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his 15-year-old half sister, pleaded guilty to sexual child abuse, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 15 years in prison. He was ordered back to jail while a pre-sentence investigation is being prepared.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 7, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The U.S. Supreme Court in October will hear a case involving a Hagerstown man's confession in a child-molestation case. The court will seek to clarify how long a request for a lawyer during police interrogation should be valid. The case involves Michael Blaine Shatzer Sr., 51, who pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court in 2002 to sexually abusing a juvenile. The question before the Supreme Court will be if "a break in custody or a substantial lapse in time" after a suspect asks for his Fifth Amendment right to counsel affects whether authorities can question the suspect.
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By BRENDAN KIRBY | October 14, 1999
Two Washington County men pleaded guilty to sex offenses in separate cases Thursday in Circuit Court. A 35-year-old Hagerstown-area man pleaded guilty to sexual child abuse. In exchange for the plea, charges of fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and contributing to the condition of a minor were dismissed. The Washington County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation in April after a 14-year-old South Hagerstown High School student told authorities that her stepfather fondled her. According to deputies, the girl said the incidents occurred two or three times a week - "like a routine" - between Oct. 1, 1998, and April 30 of this year.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 20, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY A former Boonsboro Middle School social studies teacher pleaded guilty Monday to sexual child abuse for inappropriately touching one of his female students more than 20 years ago. Robert Merle Haines Jr., 47, of 511 Dewey Drive in Annapolis, remained free on bond Monday after his plea in Washington County Circuit Court to the single charge, which carries a maximum 15-year sentence. Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered that a background investigation be prepared for sentencing, a date for which was not set. Under the plea agreement, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion agreed to seek at most a five-year prison sentence for Haines, who was 24 when he inappropriately touched the 13-year-old girl, who was his student during the 1983-84 school year.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | November 23, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com Kenneth Kirk Behrel, a former St. James School chaplain convicted in 2002 of sexually abusing two students at the school in the 1980s, was sentenced to serve four years in prison Monday while in Washington County Circuit Court for a hearing scheduled about a retrial in one of the students' cases. In May 2003, The Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state's second-highest court, remanded the case of one of the former students, a Frederick, Md., man, now in his late 30s, back to Circuit Court for a possible retrial.
NEWS
August 6, 2004
A 64-year-old Hagerstown man who admitted to molesting his granddaughter was sentenced to eight years in state prison Thursday by a Washington County Circuit judge. Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil told Circuit Judge John H. McDowell that he was seeking a prison sentence of no less than five years as part of a plea agreement. James Reed, the man's defense attorney, said that the man, who is not being named to protect the identity of his granddaughter, pleaded guilty to sexual child abuse in May. Before sentencing him to 15 years in state prison with all but eight years suspended, McDowell said "thank goodness" the case is being handled in state court rather than in federal court, where sentencing guidelines are not flexible.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | August 7, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The U.S. Supreme Court in October will hear a case involving a Hagerstown man's confession in a child-molestation case. The court will seek to clarify how long a request for a lawyer during police interrogation should be valid. The case involves Michael Blaine Shatzer Sr., 51, who pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court in 2002 to sexually abusing a juvenile. The question before the Supreme Court will be if "a break in custody or a substantial lapse in time" after a suspect asks for his Fifth Amendment right to counsel affects whether authorities can question the suspect.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | September 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - A former Boonsboro Middle School social studies teacher who pleaded guilty in June to sexual child abuse was sentenced Wednesday to serve 10 years in prison with 5 1/2 years suspended. Robert Merle Haines Jr., who taught at the school in the 1980s, was sentenced by Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell after an agreement was reached between attorneys from both sides. Haines pleaded guilty to the charge for inappropriately touching the girl. He was 24 and a first-year teacher at the time of the assault.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 20, 2006
WASHINGTON COUNTY A former Boonsboro Middle School social studies teacher pleaded guilty Monday to sexual child abuse for inappropriately touching one of his female students more than 20 years ago. Robert Merle Haines Jr., 47, of 511 Dewey Drive in Annapolis, remained free on bond Monday after his plea in Washington County Circuit Court to the single charge, which carries a maximum 15-year sentence. Circuit Judge John H. McDowell ordered that a background investigation be prepared for sentencing, a date for which was not set. Under the plea agreement, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion agreed to seek at most a five-year prison sentence for Haines, who was 24 when he inappropriately touched the 13-year-old girl, who was his student during the 1983-84 school year.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | November 23, 2004
pepperb@herald-mail.com Kenneth Kirk Behrel, a former St. James School chaplain convicted in 2002 of sexually abusing two students at the school in the 1980s, was sentenced to serve four years in prison Monday while in Washington County Circuit Court for a hearing scheduled about a retrial in one of the students' cases. In May 2003, The Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the state's second-highest court, remanded the case of one of the former students, a Frederick, Md., man, now in his late 30s, back to Circuit Court for a possible retrial.
NEWS
August 6, 2004
A 64-year-old Hagerstown man who admitted to molesting his granddaughter was sentenced to eight years in state prison Thursday by a Washington County Circuit judge. Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil told Circuit Judge John H. McDowell that he was seeking a prison sentence of no less than five years as part of a plea agreement. James Reed, the man's defense attorney, said that the man, who is not being named to protect the identity of his granddaughter, pleaded guilty to sexual child abuse in May. Before sentencing him to 15 years in state prison with all but eight years suspended, McDowell said "thank goodness" the case is being handled in state court rather than in federal court, where sentencing guidelines are not flexible.
NEWS
By BRENDAN KIRBY | October 14, 1999
Two Washington County men pleaded guilty to sex offenses in separate cases Thursday in Circuit Court. A 35-year-old Hagerstown-area man pleaded guilty to sexual child abuse. In exchange for the plea, charges of fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and contributing to the condition of a minor were dismissed. The Washington County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation in April after a 14-year-old South Hagerstown High School student told authorities that her stepfather fondled her. According to deputies, the girl said the incidents occurred two or three times a week - "like a routine" - between Oct. 1, 1998, and April 30 of this year.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | November 23, 1998
A 53-year-old Hagerstown man who admitted sexually abusing both his daughter and his son many years ago has been sentenced to 13 years in prison in Washington County Circuit Court. The man pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual child abuse in late September. Each count carried a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. Last Thursday, Washington County Circuit Judge John McDowell imposed the maximum sentence in each case and ordered they be served consecutively. Then McDowell suspended all but 6 1/2 years in each case, making a total of 13 years to be served.
NEWS
February 20, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Alluding to "unusual family dynamics," Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell postponed sentencing Thursday for a 22-year-old Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of his half sister, seven years his junior. The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of his 15-year-old half sister, pleaded guilty to sexual child abuse, which carries a maximum possible penalty of 15 years in prison. He was ordered back to jail while a pre-sentence investigation is being prepared.
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