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Man gets life plus 25 years for sexual abuse of family member under age of 9 | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey


Kenny Vansant, 39, has been sentenced to life plus 25 years of incarceration for sexual abuse of a minor, sexual offense in the second degree and related charges.

Vansant was convicted on Feb. 14, 2023, after a two-day jury trial, of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor, sexual offense in the second degree, sexual offense in the third degree, sexual offense in the fourth degree and assault in the second degree. He was later sentenced on June 30 by Karen M. Dean, associate judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County.

In the summer of 2016, Vansant sexually abused a family member, who was under the age of 9 at the time, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County said in a news release. During the time Vansant perpetrated these crimes, he was on parole for a prior sexual offense committed against a child who was under the age of 7.

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“This sexual predator has altered the lives of children in unspeakable ways,” said Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie L. Dykes. “The survivor in this case exhibited unparalleled courage in reporting the abuse and testifying at trial. We hope that the survivor can find peace and solace in the knowledge that the court’s sentence to the maximum term permitted by law will ensure that this defendant will remain behind bars for the remainder of his life.”

SA Dykes commended Detective M. Rockwell of the Salisbury Police Department, who was the lead investigator, and Child Protective Services for their work in the investigation. Dykes also commended Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Calabrese, who prosecuted the case.

Olivia Minzola covers communities on the Lower Shore. Contact her with tips and story ideas at [email protected].

This article originally appeared on Salisbury Daily Times: Man gets life plus 25 years for sexual abuse of minor family member



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