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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2012
The trial for a 56-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a pastor's son is set to begin today in Berkeley County Circuit Court. Ronald Dewayne Smith, who was previously convicted in 1995 of sexually abusing a Jefferson County boy in the mid-1970s, now faces allegations that he assaulted a preteen boy in 2002. Smith was indicted in May 2011 on two counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual assault third degree in the most recent case. The latest sexual allegations surfaced in December 2010, after the victim and his family moved out of the Martinsburg area, according to court records.
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April 4, 2006
A 47-year-old Berkeley Springs, W.Va., man who faced charges stemming from alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old girl entered an Alford plea Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of second-degree assault. In making an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the state has sufficient evidence to gain a conviction. David Leroy Creek Sr., whose address when charged was 2570 Fairview Drive in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., entered the plea before Washington County Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., who ordered him to three years of unsupervised probation.
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February 25, 1997
A Frederick, Md., man was sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court to four years in prison last week for having sexual relations with the teenage daughter of the woman with whom he was living at the time. Keith Darnell Bowie, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sex offense. In exchange for the plea, additional charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were dropped. According to court records, the sexual contact occurred between July 1994 and June 1995.
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June 23, 1998
Allegations against a father in the sexual assault of his daughter many years ago has triggered similar claims from the man's son, resulting in more charges last week, according to Maryland State Police. The 53-year-old Hagerstown man was released on personal recognizance, according to Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Michael Potter. The son, now 26, was contacted during the police investigation into his 22-year-old sister's accusations against her father, Potter said.
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December 10, 2010
The case of a Hagerstown man charged with sex offenses against a girl was forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court following a preliminary hearing this week in District Court. Eric Allen Bryant, 19, of 404 1/2 N. Prospect St., is charged with second-degree rape, attempted second-degree sex offense, fourth-degree sex offense and four counts of second-degree assault, according to court records. Bryant is accused of attempting to have sexual contact with the younger sister of his girlfriend on several occasions from April 2009 to October 2010, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 10, 2012
A Williamsport man faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to charges he sexually abused two girls. Jason Meredith Hitchner, 30, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor and a second-degree sex offense in exchange for six other related offenses being dismissed. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer deferred sentencing and ordered a presentence investigation. The state is asking for a 15-year sentence with the defense free to argue for a lesser sentence, Assistant State's Attorney Brett Wilson said.
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June 15, 2000
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 6 1/2 to 20 years in state prison for sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl. The 30-year-old man pleaded guilty in April to rape, according to court records. He was charged in December 1999 after the girl's mother reported the abuse to Pennsylvania State Police. Police records said the man had sexual contact with the girl on three occasions in April 1999, while the girl's mother was at work.
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May 18, 2000
In a courtroom closed to all but juvenile authorities and families of the victim and the accused, a teenage boy admitted Wednesday he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old boy last month. Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick Wright returned the 14-year-old to the Thomas B. Finan Center in Cumberland, Md., until he can be placed in a proper setting. The youth admitted to a fourth-degree sex offense. Additional charges of sodomy and a second-degree sex offense were dropped in exchange for the admission.
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March 26, 2004
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fannettsburg, Pa., woman was sentenced Wednesday in Franklin County Court to 58 months to 40 years in state prison for participating in and photographing the sexual molestation of a young girl, court records said. Margaret A. Neil, 41, of 11316 Creek Road was sentenced by Judge Carol Van Horn on a charge of criminal conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to court records. She was given nearly six months credit for time already served in the county prison.
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By HEATHER KEELS | June 13, 2008
A 23-year-old Hagerstown man has been charged with second-degree rape after a woman said he forced her to have intercourse with him Tuesday night, Washington County District Court records show. Michael Dynal Hackey Jr., of 56 North Cannon Ave. in Hagerstown, also was charged with second-degree sex offense and second-degree assault, court records show. The woman said she met Hackey while walking on Franklin Street and the two went back to her apartment in the 100 block of East Franklin Street at about 11:30 p.m. to hang out and drink, Hagerstown Police Department Detective Chris Kayser wrote in charging documents.
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