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A Calvert County man was sentenced Friday to serve one year in St. Mary’s jail after he pleaded guilty to committing a third-degree sexual offense last spring with a girl at a store in California.
A judge ordered that David Alan Dobbs, 54, of Port Republic register for life as a sexual offender, court papers state, and be on supervised probation for five years. Prosecutors dismissed misdemeanor charges of a fourth-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault also included in an indictment from a police investigation of the incident at the Walmart store in California.
Dobbs originally was arrested on district court charging papers alleging he unlawfully fondled a 13-year-old girl in the store on April 7, and that she reported that she was reaching to get some eggs at the store when “she felt someone breathing on her neck.”
She turned and discovered a man standing behind her, and he handed her a carton of eggs before he began groping her from behind, according to a charges application filed by detective Cpl. Robert Merritt. The store’s security personnel reviewed surveillance video that showed that the man and girl were in the store at the same time, court papers state, and showed the man making a purchase with a credit card issued to Dobbs.
Dobbs also was charged in Calvert County with committing sexual offenses, through an investigation that court papers state involved alleged sexual assaults earlier this year on girls at a Walmart and at an unspecified grocery store in Prince Frederick.
Dobbs is scheduled to attend a plea hearing next month in Calvert County Circuit Court on an indictment including charges of committing a third-degree sexual offense and second-degree assault on Jan. 6 in that county, online court records state, and he faces trial later that month on an indictment alleging he also committed those offenses in Calvert on April 6.
St. Mary’s detectives said after the suspect’s arrest that Walmart employees alerted police of initial complaints made by the girls’ relatives.
On Friday, St. Mary’s Circuit Judge Michael J. Stamm sentenced Dobbs to two years in prison, suspended to the one-year jail term to be served consecutively to any sentences arising from the Calvert County indictments.