Father pleads guilty to sexually abusing daughter


A Manchester man, accused of sexually abusing his daughter for almost three years, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree sexual offense yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop charges of second-degree rape, child abuse, incest, perverted practice and two other lesser charges of sexual offense.

Also, Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. agreed to give the 64-year-old man no more than five years of jail time when he is sentenced Sept. 19.

While reading a statement of the facts in the case, Assistant State's Attorney Jerry Joyce said the child -- then 7 -- was found performing a sexual act on her friends in October 1993.

The friends' parents became concerned and contacted police, he said.

"She told investigators that her father had taught her such behavior and not to tell anyone," Mr. Joyce said. After his arrest in November 1993, the father said "he'd been fooling around with her for some time," Mr. Joyce said.

The man, who is not being named to shield the identity of his daughter, remains free on bond until his September sentencing date. He has been ordered not to have any contact with the child, who has been placed in foster care.

His attorney, public defender Brian Green, told Judge Beck yesterday that the man has signed away his parental rights to the child.

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