Pasadena man convicted of child sex abuse

A Pasadena man was convicted Friday of sexually abusing a girl over a three-year span in the late 1990s.

According to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Office, James Lawyer Sr., 62, was found guilty of child abuse, two counts of second-degree sex offense, three counts of third-degree sex offense and second-degree rape of a girl in Glen Burnie.
The abuse took place at a Glen Burnie residence over a three-year span beginning in 1997, when the victim was 5 years old. The victim reported the abuse last year, at age 21.

This is the third guilty conviction in a child sex abuse trial for the State's Attorney's Office in recent weeks.

"This case reminds us that most child sexual offenders prey upon children that they know," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colts Leitess in a statement. "It also serves as an important reminder to parents and caregivers to have a conversation with their children, even at a young age, of what is appropriate touching and that even a person they know and trust needs to obey those boundaries."
Lawyer is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center until sentencing on Aug. 25.

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