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Maryland man who sexually abused his stepdaughter sentenced to life in prison

 August 21, 2023

A 63-year-old Maryland man, Quinton Perry, has been handed a life sentence plus an additional 25 years in prison for sexually abusing his stepdaughter, who was merely a young child at the time when the torment commenced, Fox News reported.

Perry's sentencing occurred Friday morning, as the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office reported.

The presiding judge told Mr. Perry that he had not merely stolen the girl's innocence but had inflicted damage that would affect her entire life, according to Prince George's County State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy.

A Timeline of Abuse

Court documents reveal that the abuse started in 2011, when the girl was just eight years old, and continued until 2015.

The young victim reported the abuse in 2018 when she was 14 years old.

At the time of her testimony during the trial, she was 18.

Describing Perry's devastating impact on the family, Assistant State's Attorney Ellen Opdyke likened him to "a stick of dynamite," stating that he "exploded this family."

She added that Perry had physically abused the mother and committed a terrible act against the child.

The repercussions of Perry's actions were not limited to the girl. Braveboy revealed that the abuse "affected the lives of everyone in the family."

Other children in the family were also abused by Perry, leading the family to seek counseling.

The Path to Justice

The girl endured abuse at Perry's hands for almost five years before finding the strength to come forward and accuse him of sexual misconduct.

Her action led to Perry's arrest and eventual conviction on August 3, 2022, WUSA 9 reported.

She had previously disclosed to the Child Advocacy Center in 2019 the harrowing details of the abuse, including how Perry inappropriately touched her and coerced her into performing sexual acts on him.

Assistant State's Attorney Ellen Opdyke acknowledged the challenges faced by victims in reporting abuse, saying that victims often struggle with the belief that they won't be taken seriously.

She commended the girl for facing her abuser during the trial and detailed how the trauma continues to affect her life.

Emphasizing the importance of the conviction, Opdyke said, "Fortunately, there is no statute of limitations for the sexual abuse of a minor. This means it's never too late to get justice."

She added that Perry "will never be able to harm another person in this country."