Child abuser gets 3 years of probationA...

Child abuser gets 3 years of probation

A Westminster man who sexually abused his girlfriend's 10-year-old daughter last year was ordered to serve three years of supervised probation.


In accordance with an April plea agreement, Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. yesterday imposed a suspended four-year sentence and ordered supervised probation with mandatory psychological counseling.

The man pleaded guilty April 6 to one count of child abuse in exchange for the prosecution dropping 14 additional charges and the recommendation of a suspended sentence.


According to court records, the man sexually assaulted his girlfriend's daughter on several occasions last June. His name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victim.

Sykesville man gets suspended sentence

A 23-year-old Sykesville man was found guilty yesterday of breaking into a Westminster cosmetics store in December.

Chandler Todd Hanley pleaded innocent to one count of breaking and entering but allowed prosecutors to present enough evidence to find him guilty.

In return, prosecutors dropped three other charges -- including a felony theft count that carries a 15-year penalty -- and agreed to a suspended sentence.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. imposed the six-month suspended sentence and ordered Mr. Hanley to serve two years of supervised probation and pay $232 in restitution within six months.

According to court records, Mr. Hanley and Anthony Thomas Hughes broke into the Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio at 195 E. Main St. on Dec. 30, 1992, and stole shampoo and a safe worth almost $375.

Hughes was convicted last week for his part in the break-in.


Court records show that Hughes, 27, formerly of the 100 block of Charles St. in Westminster, is serving 12 years in state prison for his part in a string of eight Westminster break-ins between May and December of last year and for his role in a 1988 hold-up of a Finksburg convenience store.