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Girl's rapist gets 15 years

A 38-year-old man was sentenced to 15 years in prison yesterday for raping a 12-year-old Glen Burnie girl who was sleeping on a couch when attacked.

Donald D. Poindexter of the 100 block of Frederick Douglass St. in Annapolis was sentenced by Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. after an emotional hearing, in which the victim's mother said her daughter's attacker was mostly in need of "counseling."

Assistant State's Attorney Cynthia M. Ferris said Poindexter had known the victim's mother because they worked together as Army reservists. They had been seeing each other socially for about a year before the rape.

She said the mother had broken off the relationship the day before the Oct. 17, 1992, rape.

Poindexter, who had a key to the victim's home in the Woodside Apartments complex, called the mother at about 5 a.m. the day of the attack to ask how she was getting to work, Ms. Ferris said.

When he confirmed that she would not be home that day, he let himself into the house, put a pillow case over the girl's head, tied a cord around her neck and raped her, Ms. Ferris said.

Assistant Public Defender Gary Christopher said the rape was an aberration in an otherwise crime-free life.

Poindexter, convicted of second-degree rape and a second-degree sex offense, had been a drill instructor in the Army reserves, served as an instructor in Desert Storm and was honorably discharged from active service, he said.

The victim's mother, testifying as a defense witness, said she felt a one- to five-year sentence might be reasonable. She said Poindexter was good to her in their yearlong relationship, and that he mostly needed help for a problem she had trouble believing.

But Ms. Ferris said the brutality of the crime called for a sentence that exceeded the state sentencing guidelines, which recommended 10 to 20 years.

"What is more helpless than a 12-year-old girl sleeping in her own home?" she said. "He's a classic rapist."


* Glen Burnie: Burglars stole appliances from a home in the 300 block of Columbus Road between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 8 p.m. Thursday. The property was valued at $464.

Glen Burnie: Five cars were broken into over the weekend while parked in the 7800 block of Americana Circle, police reported. Thieves smashed the car windows and stole stereo equipment and other property.

Marley Park Beach: Two dozen crabs were stolen from the refrigerator in a home in the first block of McGuirk Road between 2:45 p.m. Saturday and 12:20 a.m. Sunday. The crabs were valued at $30.

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