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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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February 22, 2001
Man charged with sexual molestation A Rocky Ridge, Md., man was charged last week with sexually molesting the 9-year-old daughter of his live-in girlfriend, according to Maryland State Police. The man, 26, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, was released from the Washington County Detention Center after posting $20,000 bond, according to jail personnel. Trooper 1st Class Mike Kretzer was contacted by a representative of Child Protective Services on Jan. 3 to report an allegation of sexual child abuse.
NEWS
May 2, 2000
A Hagerstown man pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of sexual child abuse for molesting his stepdaughter over three years, according to Washington County Circuit Court records. Judge Kennedy Boone postponed sentencing so a pre-sentence investigation could be completed. The man remained free on bond pending sentencing. The name of the 43-year-old man is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, now 14. He could receive up to 15 years in prison. On Nov. 7, the victim's mother took her to Hagerstown City Police to report the allegations revealed to her two days earlier, court records said.
NEWS
August 30, 1997
A 42-year-old Hagerstown man has been charged with sexual child abuse after his teenage son came forward, claiming the incidents began when he was 5. Hagerstown City Police brought charges of parental child abuse, second-degree offense and second-degree assault against the father Wednesday. The man's name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, who is now 15. The teen told police he was about 5 years old when his father forced him to perform oral sex with him. The teen also told police his father made him snort a white powder up his nose before the sexual encounters.
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December 5, 2000
Man gets 5 years for fondling stepdaughter A Clear Spring man who admitted fondling his stepdaughter three or four times a week for seven to nine years was sentenced last week to five years in prison. Judge Donald Beachley imposed a 10-year prison term on Nov. 30, but suspended all but five years, according to court records. The 36-year-old man, whose name is being withheld to protect his stepdaughter's identity, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual child abuse in July, according to court records.
NEWS
September 23, 2006
Frederick man faces 25 child abuse counts FREDERICK, Md. - A 60-year-old Frederick man was served with a 25-count indictment Friday night alleging child abuse that occurred over the course of four years, according to a press release from the Frederick Police Department. The investigation into the alleged abuse began in July and culminated Friday, when a Frederick County grand jury heard the case and handed up a 25-count indictment. The man was arrested and served with the indictment Friday night, and was taken to Frederick County Central Booking to await a bail hearing before a circuit judge, according to the release.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | March 4, 2005
pepperb@herald-mail.com A 56-year-old Hagerstown man who pleaded guilty in December 2004 to possessing child pornography was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court. Victor Arvine Rowe, whose last known address was 140 E. Washington St., was sentenced to serve the six-month sentence at the Washington County Detention Center. He pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 20, 2004. According to charging documents, Rowe had ordered and received in April 2004 through the mail two videos: "Gym Time," a pornographic video with an 11-year-old girl and a 14-year-old girl, and "Sports Exam," a pornographic video with a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl.
NEWS
March 29, 2001
Victim's dad defends defendant By JULIE E. GREENE / julieg@herald-mail.com A Hagerstown man convicted of having sexual contact with a teenage girl had an unlikely defender in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday - the victim's father. The father asked Circuit Judge Donald Beachley for a lenient sentence. His wife, however, was vehement in asking for a harsher sentence. The man was living in the couple's home when the incident occurred. Beachley said it was the only time since he has been on the bench he had encountered such a difference of opinion between parents.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | October 5, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Supreme Court opened its 2009 session Monday with arguments about whether police properly questioned a prison inmate from Hagerstown, nearly three years after he refused to talk without an attorney. The court will decide if a gap of two years and seven months between Michael Blaine Shatzer Sr.'s two meetings with detectives negates his earlier request for counsel. It's not known when the court will rule. Justices -- including Sonia Sotomayor, starting her first Supreme Court session -- grilled Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, representing the state; Toby J. Heytens, an assistant solicitor general, representing the U.S. Department of Justice; and Celia A. Davis, an assistant public defender representing Shatzer.
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