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A Charles County correctional officer at the county jail pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor Monday, according to the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office.
At a plea and sentencing hearing before Charles County Circuit Judge Jerome R. Spencer, Michael Anderson Hurd, 42, of Newburg admitted to the sexual abuse charge. The state agreed to dismiss other related charges, including second-degree rape and others.
At the hearing, Charles County Assistant State’s Attorney Tiffany Campbell said that between Aug. 1, 2009, and Oct. 28, 2012, Hurd sexually abused a child in his Newburg residence. In an interview with police, the victim said that Hurd purchased sex devices for the minor, showed the minor how to use them and used them on the minor, according to a news release issued by Anthony B. Covington (D), Charles County’s state’s attorney. Hurd also reportedly used other objects and engaged in other sexual acts with the minor, the release states.
In an interview with police, Hurd reportedly admitted that he in fact purchased the devices for the minor’s use and showed the minor how to use them.
Campbell said she was pleased with the outcome of the case.
“This case should remind everyone that sex offenders and abusers come from every walk of life and all of us must be vigilant at all times. Don’t ever overlook something that doesn’t seem right just because of someone’s status in life. If something seems wrong to you, do something about it. Say something to someone in authority. If you’re wrong, you can always apologize. But if your suspicions were right and you failed to act, how do you say you’re sorry to a child that has had to endure the horrors this child endured?” Covington said in the release. “You can’t. You just can’t.”
Hurd was sentenced to 25 years with all but seven years suspended. He is required to register as a sex offender for life.