Man, 49, pleads guilty to molesting children


A 49-year-old Westminster man pleaded guilty yesterday in Carroll Circuit Court to molesting children in his neighborhood over a five-year period.

Joseph Emory Boraten of the 1700 block of Strand Road entered guilty pleas to three counts of child abuse before Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. In exchange for the pleas, prosecutors dropped numerous other charges and agreed to a sentence of no more than two years in jail.

The plea came less than a month after Boraten's brother, Walter John Boraten, 50, was convicted of molesting children during the same period. Walter Boraten, who, like his brother, is illiterate, will receive a sentence of no more than 16 years in prison when he is sentenced this month.

In accepting Joseph Boraten's plea, Judge Burns agreed to sentence him to no more than 10 years in prison, with eight years suspended. The defendant can serve his time in the Carroll County Detention Center. The judge also ordered him to sell his Strand Road house.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 5.

The brothers are free pending their sentencings.

Charging documents said both brothers showed the children -- ages 5 to 15 -- sexually explicit films, magazines and books, and forced them to fondle themselves and perform sex acts.

Many of the incidents occurred in the Strand Road home.

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

Prosecutors said the brothers gave statements to investigators before they were indicted.

Each told the investigators he didn't know about the activities of the other.

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