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by RICHARD F. BELISLE | March 6, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com William Charles Johnson, 72, was sentenced to up to 20 years in state prison Friday in Franklin County Court, according to Franklin County assistant district attorney Angela Krom. Presiding Judge John R. Walker sentenced Johnson, of 3486 Clayhill Road, to 7 years, 9 months to 20 years in prison for molesting two Waynesboro girls, Krom said. At a hearing before Friday's sentencing, Johnson was designated as a sexually violent predator, Krom said.
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by TAMELA BAKER | February 8, 2006
tammyb@herald-mail.com ANNAPOLIS - The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday started wading through a plethora of bills to crack down on sex offenders, and while most members agreed the state needs to better monitor convicted offenders once they are released from prison, the question became exactly how to do it. The committee heard testimony on nine different sex offender bills Tuesday, and more - including a bill from Del. Christopher B....
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By DON AINES | October 7, 2005
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County Judge Carol Van Horn on Thursday rejected a plea agreement that would have resulted in a seven- to 20-year prison sentence for an Oklahoma man accused of raping his daughter. The 34-year-old former resident of Washington Township, Pa., pleaded guilty to rape of a child, a first-degree felony, on April 27, along with an unrelated misdemeanor theft charge, according to court records. The plea agreement called for the state prison sentences for the rape and theft charges to run concurrently, according to Assistant District Attorney Angela Krom.
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by DON AINES | February 16, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. chambersburg@herald-mail.com A Chambersburg man charged with molesting at least five adolescent boys faces a sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison after entering a plea agreement Wednesday in Franklin County Court. Joseph Paul Cioccia, 59, of 2722 Fillmore Drive, pleaded guilty before Judge Carol Van Horn to five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. He had originally been charged with 16 counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, criminal conspiracy to commit involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors and indecent assault, according to court records.
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By Tamela Baker | January 7, 2006
tammyb@herald-mail.com GLEN BURNIE, MD. - Convicted sex offenders in Maryland deemed to be the most dangerous would face life in prison or lifetime monitoring under legislative proposals formally announced Friday by Gov. Robert Ehrlich. The governor's plan also would prohibit sex offenders from entering school property or child-care facilities without permission. Ehrlich traveled to Glen Burnie to announce a package of 10 proposals at Glendale Elementary School, where a registered sex offender was discovered on school grounds last year.
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by DON AINES | September 26, 2003
chambersburg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Quincy Township, Pa., man with a history of sexual offenses was acquitted of felony charges Thursday in Franklin County Court, but still faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of four counts stemming from the molestation of two Waynesboro, Pa., girls. William Charles Johnson, 72, of 3486 Clayhill Road, will have to undergo a review by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board to determine if he qualifies as a sexually violent predator.
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October 2, 2005
Child sex offender: One convicted of a sex crime involving a person who was younger than 18 years old at the time of the offense. The offense must have occurred on or after Oct. 1, 1995. The offense may have occurred before Oct. 1, 1995, if the offender was in the custody of a supervising authority, such as a prison, on Oct. 1, 2001. Child sex offenders are required to register for life, updating their registration information every year. Such offenders have been convicted of crimes that include first- through third-degree sex offense, child sexual abuse, and first- and second-degree rape.
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November 8, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer Changes to Maryland's "Megan's Law" are giving residents broader access to the list of convicted sex offenders living in their neighborhoods, according to state officials. "This is unprecedented in the history of Maryland," said Leonard A. Sipes Jr., director of public information for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Megan's Law was named for the highly publicized New Jersey case where a 7-year-old girl was raped and strangled by a convicted sex offender.
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November 30, 2000
Lawmakers seek criminal law reforms By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer FREDERICK, Md. - More Frederick County officials stepped forward Thursday calling for reform of Maryland's criminal laws in response to the sexual assault and murder of a 9-year-old Frederick boy. continued Frederick County State's Attorney Scott L. Rolle and Sen. Timothy Ferguson, R-Frederick/Carroll, plan to introduce a bill abolishing early prison...
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by DON AINES | April 7, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Franklin County jury took an hour Thursday to find a Waynesboro, Pa., man guilty of rape, but he will have to wait for several months to find out how long he will spend in state prison. Michael B. Stahley, 23, of 125 N. Grant St., also was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, burglary, simple assault, terroristic threats and theft for raping and beating the woman in her North Church Street apartment May 22, 2004. The prosecution completed its case Thursday morning with a Pennsylvania State Police forensic scientist testifying on the results of a DNA comparison between Stahley and sperm samples recovered from the victim.
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