Local man found guilty in Elkton molestation case
— A man is facing up to 35 years in prison after a Cecil County Circuit Court jury convicted him of two charges relating to the sexual abuse of a girl inside an Elkton home on numerous occasions over a four-year period — starting when she was 6.
Juror deliberated approximately 90 minutes Tuesday at the end of a two-day trial, before finding the defendant, Julius Thomas Devincentz Jr., 52, guilty of child sex abuse and seconddegree assault. Assistant State’s Attorney Emily Alt prosecuted the case, with assistance from Assistance
State’s Attorney Mary Burnell.
Cecil County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Keith A. Baynes revoked Devincentz’ bond after the jury had returned the guilty verdicts against him. Devincentz had been held in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of bond since his arrest in November.
Sentencing for Devincentz is set for Aug. 31.
“Despite recent events, I hope that this conviction gives the public confidence that the staff of the State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to competently and aggressively prosecuting criminal offenses in Cecil County,” said Deputy State’s Attorney Steven Trostle, ref- erencing the recent arrest of Cecil County State’s Attorney Edward D. E. “Ellis” Rollins III and the charges filed against him.
This marks the second child sex abuse conviction for Devincentz, who, in November 2013, received a one-year jail term for a child sex abuse conviction and a suspended 10-year sentence for a related assault conviction.
The judge in that case also placed Devincentz on five years of supervised probation and ordered him to register as a convicted sex offender for 15 years. (Devincentz’ convictions in that case relate to offenses he committed in Cecil County from January 2004 through April 2012.)
In the criminal case resulting in Devincentz’ guilty verdicts on Tuesday, he made the girl sit on his lap and inappropriately touched her while he watched pornography on a desktop computer, police said. He also stood accused of “mumbling sexual stuff under his breath” to the child and lobbying for her to take off her top, police added.
Court documents indicate that Devincentz committed those offenses on numerous occasions from January 2008 through December 2012, starting when the girl was “6 or 7 years old” and ending when she was 11 or 12 years old.
Elkton Police Department Det. Lindsey Ziegenfuss started her investigation in September after the girl, now 14, reported the sexual abuse while living in a group home, where she was receiving counseling, according to court records.
At that time, in accordance with his sentence in his previous child sex abuse case, Devincentz’ photo and case information appeared on the Cecil County Sex Offender Registry along with scores of other convicted sex offenders who were living in Cecil County. Devincentz was living in Elkton.
The investigator interviewed the girl at the Cecil County Child Advocacy Center in Elkton on Sept. 25, court records show.
“From review of previous investigations and other statements made by (the girl), her disclosures about the sexual abuse are all very consistent with one another and she appears very credible in the abuse that occurred,” Ziegenfuss wrote in her statement of probable cause.
During this week’s trial, the victim testified against Devincentz, who later declined to testify in his own defense.
Ziegenfuss also interviewed Devincentz, who acknowledged that he had been battling alcoholism and pedophiliac tendencies, specifically a “sex addiction to girls” when he was drunk, police reported.