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Sex crime conviction for Md. teacher

A former kindergarten teacher has been convicted in Frederick of a third-degree sex offense with a 5-year-old boy.

Thirty-two-year-old Matthew Berresford of East Berlin, Pa., was convicted Tuesday as part of Alford plea agreement. In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges the state has enough evidence for a conviction.

The deal includes a suspended prison term and five years of supervised probation. Sentencing is set for July 22.

Prosecutors say they offered the deal with the parents' consent, partly to avoid having their son testify at trial.

-- Frederick (Md.) News-Post

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 14, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  Frederick , From the Courthouse , Schools , Sex Crimes  
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He will be taken care of in prison.

Posted by: linroy62 | July 14, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I dont think you read the whole story linroy82. he entered an Alford plea and was given a suspended sentence and probation.
So as long as he behaves, he doesn't have to go to prison.
a third degree sex offense isn't much of a crime. so there is a good chance he won't repeat and will complete his probation sucessfully.
I hope he does and wish him the best, and it's nice the child didn't have to testify and hopefully everyone can now put it all behind them.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 14, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

One more time an adult can abuse a child and not spend any time in jail. Most Alford pleas dont get any jail time. Where is the Justice oh yea its JUST US who can afford good lawyers.

Posted by: 1caveman | July 14, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

An Alford plea and a suspended sentence/probation. He should have to register as a sex offender...oh, white predatory makes us safer?! This is NOT justice. Parents are too embarassed to have their child testify? How are you humiliated when your child will be in therapy for years wondering why you didn't protect him or her! Let's continue to perpetuate shame as a virtue for victims of sexual abuse!

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | July 14, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

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