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A former contract employee at St. Mary’s College of Maryland was sentenced Tuesday to serve five years in prison from his acknowledgment that prosecutors had evidence to support a charge against him of committing a third-degree sexual offense in 2010 with a 12-year-old boy.

Michael Devon Adams Jr., now 31, of Waldorf apologized for using “extreme poor judgment” in his conduct with the child, which a prosecutor said in court involved repeated acts of sexual fondling carried on as games initiated by Adams at his office at the college and in a motor vehicle.

“I want you to know I’m not a monster,” Adams said to a judge. “I’m not a threat to society.”

St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Michael J. Stamm said that Adams exploited a position of trust for his own gratification.

“I find that totally unforgiveable,” Stamm said. “I think you’re a predator.”

The judge rejected a presentence investigation’s report calling for Adams to receive a penalty of between probation and six months in custody for his offense. The judge instead sentenced Adams to 10 years in prison, suspended to the five-year term with five years of supervised probation, and ordered that he be registered as a sexual offender for 25 years.

St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Julie White said during the hearing that Adams spent years “grooming” himself into a close relationship with the boy’s family, before making a “stunning and cunning” move to begin engaging in sexual activity with the boy. St. Mary’s detectives obtained charges against Adams last spring, and his work at the college as an artistic administrator ended at that time.

The boy’s father testified, “This is a tragedy for all. When I heard about this situation, I was pained for both my son and for Mike. I, too, will never recover.”

James F. Farmer, Adams’ lawyer, argued that the criminal law that his client was in court for is unconstitutional.

“This statute is somewhat ambiguous,” Farmer said. “He did certain acts [involving] touching, and that is the extent of the crime. I don’t know if there’s any real problem [resulting] for this young man [or] there’s any counseling that he’s had to go through.”

The judge said, “I think this is a permanent injury.”

jwharton@somdnews.com