Ocean City Today

Wilson convicted of sexual assault on 10-year-old

By Brian Gilliland | Apr 12, 2018

(April 13, 2018) A Worcester County jury took only about 20 minutes to convict William Edward Wilson, 47, of Berlin, of charges of third- and fourth-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault on a 10-year-old last week.

The parents of the victim called police on August 12, 2017, after the victim reported being awakened from sleep by Wilson’s attack.

According to a release by the State’s Attorney’s Office, once Wilson realized his victim was awake, he left the room and pretended to be asleep in a different room of the Libertytown Road residence.

As part of his sentence, Wilson must now register as a Tier III offender remain on that list for the rest of his life.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 6 in Circuit Court in Snow Hill, and was delayed upon Judge Brian Shockley’s request for a presentencing investigation. Wilson is being held without bond at the county jail until the sentencing date.

Third-degree sexual assault in Maryland encompasses four situations where sexual contact is illegal. In this case the two most applicable sections are when the victim is under 14 and the suspect is at least four years older, or when the victim was incapacitated for some reason.

Third-degree sexual assault is a felony, and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Fourth-degree assault, in this case, likely stems from the victim being unable to provide consent. It’s considered a misdemeanor, and punishable by a sentence of not more than one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. The penalties are more severe if this is a repeat offense.

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