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A Leonardtown man serving an 18-month jail sentence on his guilty plea to abusing a disabled care-program client was brought to court this week on new charging papers alleging he violated a protective order by sending a letter to one of his sisters.

John Waring Raley, now 58, admitted to police on Sunday to sending the handwritten letter received last month by the sister at her Leonardtown area home, despite the order issued last June that he “not contact or attempt to contact” the woman, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Cory Ellis.

Raley was sentenced last July to 10 years in prison, suspended to the 18-month jail term, after he pleaded guilty to committing a third-degree sexual offense and abusing a vulnerable adult, identified by authorities as a 30-year-old resident of a United Cerebral Palsy group home. Raley admitted through his lawyer at a court hearing to engaging in a single sexual act with the disabled man while caring for him last year as a support services specialist at the Center for Life Enrichment in Hollywood, an organization that fired Raley on the day of his arrest.

Raley’s lawyer requested last month that a court hearing be held to consider suspending the rest of his jail sentence, or putting him on electronic monitoring with work-release privileges, in light of his “good performance” while incarcerated. A prosecutor filed a response this month that Raley’s sentence was “fairly imposed” and “sufficiently restrained,” given the nature of his offenses.

JOHN WHARTON