SALISBURY, Md.- As the result of a plea agreement, Thomas and Nicole McGuire, of Delmar, Md., were each found guilty Tuesday of sex abuse of a minor and third-degree sex offense.
The couple appeared in Wicomico County Circuit Court for a hearing where the agreement was announced. The agreement accepted by the court capped the active period behind bars for each defendant at 15 years. According to the agreement, the state is free to ask for an additional suspended sentence for each defendant (so long as the active portion and the suspended portion of the sentence do not exceed 35 years).
In addition to providing details about the plea, the prosecutor, Wicomico County Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Correa, explained to the court why the state was asking for a sentence that exceeded the Maryland Sentencing Guidelines for each defendant.
Sentencing has been deferred for a pre-sentence investigation and for a mandatory mental health evaluation. Because each defendant was found guilty of sex abuse of a minor, both defendants will have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. Both Thomas and Nicole McGuire are now in the custody of the Wicomico County Detention Center.
Thomas McGuire, 42, and Nicole McGuire, 28, were arrested in February following allegations that they sexually abused a boy and a girl under the age of 16 between June 2010 and August 2011.
The couple was locally known for being political active, with each having recently ran unsuccessful campaigns for both mayor and town commissioner of Delmar, Md.
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