He’s also required to register for life as a child sex offender.
It’s off to prison for a Myersville man who was sentenced on Tuesday. Harry Maurice Hobbs, 72, was given 10 years behind bars for sex abuse of a minor. He will also be placed on five-years supervised probation when he’s released, and must register as a child sex offender for life.
State’s Attorney Charlie Smith says Hobbs sexually abused a boy for a two-year period starting in 2012. But the victim didn’t tell anyone until last year. “It’s a terrible case of a young boy who goes over there to yard work and is taken advantage of,” he says. “He obviously groomed him for a period of time, as we call it; molested him over two and a half years; had him convinced that he wasn’t to tell anyone but he ultimately did as he got a little older.”
Hobbs pleaded guilty to sex abuse of a minor on February 26th, 2016.
Smith says the prosecution is satisfied with the outcome of this case. “Hopefully, that will send a message to anyone else in Frederick County that’s a predator,” he says.
Smith says the victim’s family was in court and read impact statements to the judge.