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A former Hagerstown man charged in 2016 with molesting a child in 2004 was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to 10 years in state prison.
pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor in December, but his sentencing was delayed to allow for the completion of a presentence investigation.
Senior Circuit Judge John H. Tisdale on Wednesday sentenced Sines to 25 years in prison, suspending 15 years of the term.
Sexual abuse of a minor is considered a crime of violence, so Sines must serve half of the 10 years before he is eligible for parole.
The sentence includes five years on probation, supervised by a program for sexual offenders.
Sines also must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
In February 2016, a teenage girl and her mother reported to Hagerstown police that Sines had touched the girl inappropriately 10 to 12 years before, according to the application for statement of charges.
The girl told police Sines had fondled her in the bedroom of a house in Hagerstown and then took her into a bathroom, where he asked her to perform a sexual act, the charging documents said.
The incident was interrupted when the girl's brother asked to use the bathroom, the documents said.
The girl later told police there were several Transformer action figures in Sines' bedroom, the documents said.
At the time of the investigation last year, Sines was an inmate at the Maryland Correctional Training Center. When he was interviewed by police, he said he lived in the house as late as 2004, the documents said.
When asked to describe his bedroom there, Sines mentioned the Transformer and super-hero figures, the documents said.
Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Mollett-Gaumer told Tisdale that Sines confessed to police, and his plea spared the victim from having to go through a jury trial.
However, she said the presentence investigation showed Sines has a tendency "to place blame on forces other than himself." Assistant Public Defender Thomas Tamm told the judge that Sines has accepted responsibility for the crime and its effect on the victim.
Tamm described Sines' life as "traumatic," and said he is "emotionally and socially immature for his age."
A guardian of the victim told Tisdale the teenager remains withdrawn, frightened and distrustful of men more than a decade after the incident.
Sines has been found guilty in 2008 of a second-degree sex offense. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended, according to court records.
He was required to register as a sex offender for life in that case, the records said.