A 20-year-old Hanover man has been sentenced to a weeken in jail for having sex with a 12-year-old girl.
Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. also placed the man on three years' probation Friday, ordered him to stay away from the girl and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
The weekend in jail is intended as a warning to Steven Curtis Brookshire of the Chesapeake Mobile Home Court, the judge said.
The Hanover man pleaded guilty in March to a fourth-degree sex offense.
"I'm giving you a taste of what's going to happen if you continue to see her," Judge Thieme told him.
Mr. Brookshire, described by his attorney as having "the emotional maturity of a 14-year-old," was originally charged with second-degree rape after police found him having sex with the girl.
The girl had agreed to have sex, the police report said.
Judge Thieme ordered the sentence after a brief hearing in which prosecutor Kathleen Rogers said that Mr. Brookshire, who is a longtime friend of the 12-year-old's family, genuinely cares for the girl and that she cares for him. The girl's family also was not interested in seeing Mr. Brookshire incarcerated, the prosecutor said.