Fallston man sentenced to serve 20 years on child sex abuse conviction

A Fallston man found guilty earlier this year of child sex abuse charges was recently sentenced to serve 20 years in prison, according to court records.

James Thomas Starr, 26, was found guilty by a Harford County Circuit Court jury Feb. 8 of sex abuse of a minor and a third degree sex offense.

On April 17, Circuit Judge Stephen Waldron sentenced Starr to serve 25 years with five years suspended on the child sex abuse conviction and 10 years with all 10 years suspended on the third degree sex offense conviction, according to Maryland online court records. Starr will be required to serve five years probation upon his release.

The jury in Starr's case deliberated 10 hours over two days before reaching its verdict, the Harford County State's Attorney's Office said at the time of Starr's conviction. He faced up to 35 years in prison.

Starr was indicted in April 2012. The offenses occurred in March 2012, according to court records.

The Aegis is not publishing other information about the nature of the charges to protect the identity of the victim.

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