A 47-year-old Pennsylvania man, convicted in Carroll Circuit Court of sexually abusing his stepdaughter, was sentenced yesterday to serve two years in the county jail.
Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed two concurrent six-year sentences, but suspended four years of each term. The man was granted work release and ordered to serve five years of probation after his release. The judge also ordered him to pay for his stepdaughter's counseling.
The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim, denies that he did anything wrong to his stepdaughter, who is 13.
"It's true that he denies the allegations, and he has the right to do so," Judge Burns said. "And I will not penalize him for that. . . . But a jail sentence is important for the well-being of the victim as she attempts to get on with her life."
According to court records, the man was charged with two counts each of child abuse and a third-degree sex offense, and one count each of battery and assault. The man, on at least two occasions in 1991, forced his stepdaughter to fondle him at their Manchester home.
Judge Burns convicted the man on all charges on July 23.