FREDERICK, MD (CBS-DC) 19-year-old Ryan Sheppard was sentenced Thursday inĀ Frederick County Circuit CourtĀ to 30 years in prison for sexual abuse of a one-year-old.

Sheppard harmed the child so badly that it needed surgery to fix a torn colon.

Sheppard will also be placed on the third tier of Maryland Sex Offender Registry for life, reserved for the most serious of abusers.

Judge Julie Solt suggested That Sheppard be sent to the Patuxent Institution, a maximum-security prison, for inmates who have a chance to respond via treatment for mental or emotional problems.


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