A Jarrettsville man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl when she was five and six years old.
Jeremy “Shane” Cochran, 32, was sentenced on Wednesday, March 20th.
The girl and her mother lived with Cochran in Jarrettsville. The case began in 2008 when the girl disclosed the abuse and she was removed from her mother and Cochran.
Cochran and the mother were charged with abuse and conspiracy to commit child abuse last year after the girl was able to provide additional details in the case.
A Harford County jury found Cochran guilty in December 2012 on one count of child abuse pursuant to a continuing course of conduct and one count of child abuse.
He was also found guilty of conspiring with the mother to commit child abuse.
He was sentenced to the maximum term of 80 years in prison.
At the sentencing hearing, the girl’s father told the court that Cochran had “robbed his daughter of her innocence and her childhood that can never be given back to her.” He added that he worries every day about her future and what the rest of her life will be like.
Prosecutor Diane A. Tobin asked that the court impose the maximum sentence for each count because of the horrific nature of the abuse and the fact that the girl resided in the same house as Cochran and “had no alternative but to go back to that home every day to be abused by Cochran.”
The girl’s mother was also convicted of similar charges in January of this year and faces sentencing in April.