A Frederick County man received 15 years in prison yesterday for sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl.
Thirty-seven-year-old Michael Steven Smith pleaded guilty in May to several counts, including indecent liberties with a child. He was sentenced to 50 years, but the judge suspended 35 of them.
Police say the incidents occurred over a one-year period, through much of 2001.
In a prepared statement yesterday, Smith tearfully apologized to the family of the girl. He said he realized he made a terrible mistake and he promised never to do it again.