A 52-year-old former Green Beret apologized in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday for molesting his daughter and his former wife's sister at his mother's home in Glen Burnie 15 years ago, for which he received a two-year sentence.
"I realize things happened in the past, and I'm sorry they happened," said Norman S. Marriott Jr. of Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa.
"I can't explain how, that's why I'm going to therapy," he said.
Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ordered Marriott, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of committing unnatural and perverted sex practices, to spend one year in the county detention center and a second year in home detention.
He also ordered Marriott to complete five years of supervised probation and pay for his victims' therapy.
One of the victims, the sister of Marriott's former wife, sat in tears a few rows behind him.
She later said that she was glad her former brother-in-law was going to jail, and only wished it was a longer sentence.
Cynthia Ferris, assistant state's attorney, said Marriott abused his daughter and his former wife's younger sister several times during trips to his mother's Glen Burnie home 15 years ago.
The defendant's brother, Edward Marriott, 50, a former sheriff's deputy from Big Fork, Mont., also has pleaded guilty to two counts of unnatural and perverted sex practices for abusing two of his daughters in the same Glen Burnie home.
Ms. Ferris said the abuse began when the girls were 6 or 8 years old and continued until they reached adulthood.
The daughters reported it to authorities in May 1992 after they learned that Norman Marriott was seeking custody of his new wife's young children.
Ms. Ferris said that the abuse at the hands of both men occurred in several states but that it was prosecuted in Maryland because the state has no statute of limitations on felonies.