Hillendale Man Gets 40 Years in Sex Abuse Case

Tony A. Chestnut pleaded guilty in November to charges that he sexually abused a 51-year-old disabled man in his care.


A Baltimore County judge handed down a 40-year prison sentence on Thursday to a Hillendale man convicted of sexually abusing a disabled man in his care.

Tony A. Chestnut, 57, pleaded guilty in November to two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult, as part of a plea bargain.

"It is not about remorse or rehabilitation," said Judge John Grayson Turnbull III in handing down the sentence. "It's about punishment for what this man did."

Chestnut, of the 1200 block of Halstead Road, . Detectives had searched his home on a warrant seeking evidence of child pornography.

Among the videos, police said they found three of Chestnut engaging in sexual activities with a non-verbal, mentally disabled 51-year-old man. Chestnut worked for Associated Catholic Charities as a caregiver for developmentally disabled adults.

"In 25 years, it's probably the worst video I've ever seen," said State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger, who prosecuted the case.

Prosecutors dropped child pornography charges as part of the plea deal.

At the sentencing, Chestnut, as well as his wife, sister and niece spoke on his behalf.

"I am truly, truly sorry. There's no excuse for it," Chestnut said.

Attorney James Crawford noted that Chestnut had no criminal record and was willing to undergo counseling.

Turnbull, however, justified the lengthy sentence, calling it "outrageous" that Chestnut abused a disabled adult in his care.

BlahDittyBlah May 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Absolutely disgusting.
Needaname May 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I would be too embarrassed to be seen with this 'man' in court. I just can not imagine what goes on in a persons mind to do this kind of stuff.


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