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Pasadena man convicted of abuse, sex offenses against child

A jury has convicted a Pasadena man of abusing and raping a young girl over a three-year period in the 1990s, according to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office.

Charging documents had alleged that the girl was abused dozens of times between the ages of 4 and 8 at a home in Glen Burnie. She reported the abuse last year when she was 21 years old, according to documents.

James Patrick Lawyer Sr., 62, of the 800 block of Neptune Drive was convicted Friday of child abuse, two counts of second-degree sex offense, three counts of third-degree sex offense, second-degree rape and unnatural or perverted practice. Lawyer is being held until sentencing Aug. 25.

The man was a friend of the victim's family, officials said.

"This case reminds us that most child sexual offenders prey victim on children that they know," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. She encouraged parents to discuss with their children appropriate touching and boundaries with adults.

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