Vol­un­teer sen­tenced for sex of­fense

Man re­ceives 18 months for en­coun­ters with Sev­erna Park stu­dent

Baltimore Sun - - NEWS - By Phil Davis pdavis@balt­sun.com

A 57-year-old Millersville man who served as a vol­un­teer with the Sev­erna Park High School march­ing band was sen­tenced to 18 months in prison this week af­ter ad­mit­ting to a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with a stu­dent.

As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Ja­son Miller had sought the 18-month sen­tence for Wil­bur Jesse Hilde­brand — the max­i­mum al­lowed un­der a plea agree­ment — af­ter Hilde­brand pleaded guilty in July to three counts of fourth-de­gree sex of­fense.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Hilde­brand met the vic­tim when she was 16 years old, and that the two had sex­ual en­coun­ters in ho­tel rooms and at their homes. Miller al­leged Hilde­brand used per­sonal ma­nip­u­la­tion and a cun­ning per­son­al­ity to “con­trol ev­ery as­pect of a child’s life.”

The Bal­ti­more Sun does not iden­tify vic­tims of sex­ual abuse.

Dur­ing tes­ti­mony be­fore Anne Arun­del County Cir­cuit Judge Michele Jak­l­itsch be­fore Wednesday’s sen­tenc­ing, the vic­tim’s mother — whom The Sun is also not nam­ing to pro­tect the vic­tim’s iden­tity — said Hilde­brand ma­nip­u­lated her daugh­ter into weekly sex­ual en­coun­ters. The vic­tim is now 19.

Miller said the mother pur­sued charges af­ter find­ing Facebook mes­sages be­tween her daugh­ter and Hilde­brand on the girl’s iPad.

Hilde­brand and his at­tor­ney, Emily Leven­son, at­tempted to frame the abuse as an aber­ra­tion. Leven­son noted Hilde­brand was mar­ried with three chil­dren, and said “the first 55 years of his life were spent be­ing a law-abid­ing cit­i­zen.”

In a state­ment prior to sen­tenc­ing, Hilde­brand apol­o­gized to both the vic­tim’s fam­ily and his own, say­ing: “I Del. Mary Washington will chal­lenge am just to­tally ashamed, ab­so­lutely Bal­ti­more Sen. Joan Carter Con­way for the ashamed of my de­ci­sions.” Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion next year, putting

He said the vic­tim’s fam­ily “ab­soyet another se­nior city law­maker’s seat in lutely had a trust in me that I be­trayed.”play.

Call­ing Hilde­brand “ma­nip­u­la­tive” Washington, 55, said Thurs­day she filed and “preda­tory,” the judge de­nied his this week to run in the June 26, 2018, at­tor­ney’s re­quest to spare him jail pri­mary for the 43rd District Se­nate seat. time. Hilde­brand will also be re­quired The two-term del­e­gate will try to oust the to reg­is­ter as a sex of­fender for 15 years only Bal­ti­more se­na­tor who chairs a and have no con­tact with mi­nors, the stand­ing com­mit­tee. vic­tim or Sev­erna Park High School. “The seat doesn’t be­long to any­one. It

He would have faced up to 40 years be­longs to the peo­ple of the district,” in prison on the seven charges that Washington said. “It’s an op­por­tu­nity to were ini­tially filed, but he pleaded guilty to the mis­de­meanor sex of­fenses ex­pand and build upon the work I’m un­der an agree­ment reached with the al­ready do­ing as a del­e­gate.” Anne Arun­del County state’s at­tor­ney’s Con­way, 66, said Thurs­day she will of­fice. def­i­nitely seek re-elec­tion next year; she

The vic­tim’s mother also called on had pre­vi­ously left room for doubt. As chair Anne Arun­del County public schools to of the Se­nate Ed­u­ca­tion, Health and do a better job screen­ing ap­pli­cants. En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, Con­way

School of­fi­cials could not be reached said she wants to serve another four years to for com­ment, but spokesman Bob deal with an ex­pected over­haul of the way Mosier had pre­vi­ously said Hilde­brand Maryland fi­nances public ed­u­ca­tion. She was never a school em­ployee and had has served in the Se­nate since 1996, when passed two back­ground checks in the she was ap­pointed to fill a va­cancy. last four years. Washington be­comes the sec­ond Balti

more del­e­gate to for­mally an­nounce a bid to Hilde­brand

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