Man makes Alford plea in sex offense

A Severn man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl has entered an Alford plea to a fourth-degree sex offense.
 
Thirty-five-year-old Norman Faulkner entered the plea Tuesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. An Alford plea lets a defendant maintain his innocence while admitting that prosecutors have enough evidence to obtain a conviction.
 
The Capital of Annapolis reports that prosecutors say Faulkner had sex with a classmate of his teenage son's in March 2012.
 
He faces a year in jail at sentencing Aug. 23. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years.
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