An Ellicott City man has been cleared of a rape charge but convicted of lesser offenses for having sexual intercourse with a mildly retarded girl.
Sheldon Laray Myers, 35, was convicted by a Howard Circuit Court jury Wednesday of perverted sexual practices, battery and a third-degree sexual offense in the March 4 incident.
Myers, of the 3600 block of Mount Ida Drive, could receive up to 10 years in jail. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 7.
He was charged after police investigators learned that he had intercourse with a 14-year-old girl near the Roger Carter Neighborhood Center in Ellicott City.
Prosecutors had argued Myers should have been convicted of second-degree rape because of the girl's mental condition and learning disabilities. But defense attorneys asserted that there was no evidence her condition prevented her from stopping the incident.