MD man sentenced to more than four decades in prison for raping a minor

SALISBURY, Md. – A Salisbury man will spend at least 15 years behind bars for sexually abusing a child, who was under the age of 10, over a two year span following his sentencing at the Circuit Court for Wicomico County.

On Friday, August 16 30-year-old Austin Christopher White was sentenced to 45 years of active incarceration, of which 15 years is minimum mandatory, and five years of supervised probation after his release. Condition of the probation include: no contact with the victim and her family, no unsupervised contact with any minor, he may not live near a school, child care center, or any establishment used primarily by minors, and may not obtain employment or participate in any activity that brings him into contact with minors. White will also be a Tier III registered and supervised sexual offender for life.

The 30-year-old was convicted by a Wicomico County jury on June 6 of one count of sexual abuse of a minor, one count of 2nd degree rape, and three counts of 3rd degree sex offense.  From 2013 through 2015, White sexually abused a child who was under the age of ten and in the care of Britney Hughes.

Sentencing in this case had been postponed pending a pre-sentence investigation and a mental health evaluation.

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes commended the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center for their commitment and work in the investigation and prosecution of this
case. The State’s Attorney also thanked Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Diane Karsnitz and Assistant State’s Attorney Ajene Turnbull who prosecuted the case.

In a statement State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes said:

“Our community is healthier, and our children are safer because of the dedication of the investigators, prosecutors and treatment providers assigned to the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center.”

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