Judge Barry Hughes imposed the sentence during a sentencing hearing in the Circuit Court for Carroll County on Tuesday, April 16.
According to testimony during trial, the victim was 3 years old when Will began abusing her. It continued until she was 5, when she told her mother what had been happening. Her mother reported it to the Westminster Police Department, and a detective from the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center launched an investigation.
Will was indicted on March 29, 2018 and convicted on Dec. 20, 2018.
The now-6-year-old victim testified during the trial. She said the sexual abuse occurred when her mother was working and Will was supposed to be caring for her, according to a news release from the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Roscher asked for the maximum allowable sentence, with each count running consecutively.
Hughes sentenced Will to 30 years for sexual abuse of a minor — continuing course of conduct, 25 years for sexual abuse of a minor and five years for sodomy.
“The successful prosecution of a sexual child abuse case involving a young victim is very challenging. We are indebted to this six-year-old child victim whose bravery in testifying before the jury was critical in securing the conviction,” said Brian DeLeonardo, State’s Attorney for Carroll County in the release.