Plea bargain expected in child-molestation case


A Westminster man accused of molesting children in his neighborhood over a five-year period was expected to accept a plea bargain today in Carroll Circuit Court.

Details of the plea were not known but Joseph Emory Boraten, 48, was not expected to proceed with a jury trial that was scheduled for today, according to prosecutors.

"I expect some sort of plea in that case," said Assistant State's Attorney Tracy Gilmore. She would not elaborate.

Assistant public defender Daniel Shemmer, Mr. Boraten's attorney, could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Boraten of the 1700 block of Strand Road is under indictment by the county grand jury on numerous charges of child abuse, attempted second-degree sexual offenses, attempted perverted practices and third- and fourth-degree sexual offenses.

A plea in his case would bring to an end the nearly year-long case against him and his brother.

Walter John Boraten, 50, also of the Stand Road address, could be sentenced to a maximum of 16 years in prison this month after pleading guilty June 2 to two counts of child abuse and two counts of attempted second-degree sexual offense.

Walter Boraten, who is illiterate, allegedly told county Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit investigators in interviews last summer that he had abused four children.

Walter Boraten apologized for the abuse in a short letter written for him by sexual abuse investigator Ruth Ann Arty. "Dear Kids and Parents," the letter said. "I'm sorry what we did together. I don't know why I did it, I don't know what else to say. I didn't know the sexual things would go this far."

Charging documents accuse both brothers of showing the children -- ages 5 to 15 -- sexually explicit films, magazines and books, and forcing them to fondle themselves and perform sex acts.

Many of the incidents allegedly occurred in the brothers' home.

A grand jury returned indictments against the Boratens in August, after a raid and Walter Boraten's alleged statements to authorities.

Prosecutors said the brothers gave statements to investigators before they were indicted. Each told investigators he didn't know about the alleged activities of the other.

Two of the six children alleged they were abused by both men, prosecutors said. The investigation began in June 1994 after one of the children talked to a counselor.

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