Deaf-school employee convicted of sex crimes against girls

A Maryland man has been sentenced for sexually abusing students at the Maryland School for the Deaf, where he was employed. The 38-year-old man had been found guilty of the sex crimes in November. He was accused of child sexual abuse after allegedly assaulting two girls, ages 10 and 12. The defendant is also hearing-impaired and graduated from the school. He was sentenced to 30 years with 23 years’ suspended time. That means he will only spend seven years in custody. The man will also serve a five-year term of supervised release. He could have spent up to 50 years’ jail time for the alleged crimes.

The defendant was found not guilty on one other count. Four other counts also resulted in a mistrial. Retrials in the case are scheduled in a few months. Attorneys in the case said the victims misinterpreted the man’s affection as sexual misconduct.

Relatives in the case say they are not pleased with what they perceive as a short sentence for the defendant. He had originally been accused by seven girls who were ages 10 to 13 when he allegedly assaulted them during a time period between 2008 and 2011. Prosecutors in the case say the victims were chosen because they were in a vulnerable position as boarding students at the school. Neither of the victims in this case had any other hearing-impaired relatives, so communication with family members was limited.

Even though a sex crimes defendant is arrested or charged with sexual misconduct, he or she is not automatically considered guilty. These defendants deserve to have their rights protected under Maryland law. Residents who are concerned about their sex crimes cases may benefit from consulting a qualified criminal defense attorney.

Source:  Baltimore Sun, “Former employee at Maryland School for the Deaf sentenced to 7 years for child sex abuse” Arthur Hirsch, Jan. 31, 2014