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April 23, 2014

43-year-old receives prison time for molesting his niece

Child revealed sexual abuse to her mother

CUMBERLAND — A 43-year-old city man was sentenced Wednesday to a 10-year prison term for the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl, according to the Office of the State’s Attorney for Allegany County.

The defendant, whose name was withheld by the Times-News in an effort to protect the identity of the victim, was sentenced by Judge Gary G. Leasure to 10 years in the Maryland Division of Correction with six years suspended for a third-degree sex offense for an incident that occurred in October in Allegany County.

Upon release, the defendant will be placed on a period of five years’ supervised probation with conditions that he register as a sex offender for life, complete a sexual offender treatment evaluation and complete any required treatment, submit a DNA sample to the sex offender registry, have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor children.

The girl disclosed to her mother that her uncle had touched her in a sexually inappropriate manner.

An investigation was conducted by the C3I Unit, headed by Detective Vincent Benson, as well as Cumberland Police Department.      

 Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Brandlen prosecuted the case. The defendant was represented by Attorney David Schram of the Office of the Public Defender.

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