Man, 46, pleads guilty in assault on daughter, troopers


A 46-year-old Sykesville man pleaded guilty yesterday to beating his 15-year-old daughter and shoving two state troopers while he was drunk last year.

William Howard Poole of the 4800 block of Woodbine Road pleaded guilty to battery and resisting arrest in a plea bargain. In return, prosecutors dropped a more serious felony charge of child abuse.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. set sentencing for Sept. 11. Prosecutors said they will not argue against a sentence of probation.

According to documents in Carroll Circuit Court, Mr. Poole was drinking alcohol on Dec. 14, became angry with his daughter, and struck and kicked her.

When police were called to the house, Mr. Poole shoved two state troopers, who used pepper spray and nightsticks to subdue him, according to the records.

Mr. Poole originally was charged with child abuse, three counts of battery and resisting arrest. Prosecutors dropped the child abuse charge, along with the two battery charges connected to the assaults on the troopers.

The daughter had moved in with Mr. Poole after living with Mr. Poole's first wife, the girl's mother, in Wisconsin. According to the court documents, Mr. Poole and his daughter were having disagreements about her conduct in school and her participation in family chores at home.

The daughter has since moved back to Wisconsin, the records show.

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