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DAVID GLENN SEAL V. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Motion to suppress evidence — Recorded telephone conversation

Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, David Glenn Seal (“Seal”), appellant, was convicted of child sexual abuse, four counts of third-degree sex offense, and six counts of second-degree sex offense.  Seal was sentenced to fifteen years’ incarceration for child sexual abuse.  The court sentenced Seal to a consecutive fifteen-year period of incarceration for one count of second-degree sex offense.  The court further sentenced Seal to a consecutive fifteen-year period of incarceration for a second count of second-degree sex offense.  Concurrent sentences were imposed for the remaining counts.

On appeal, Seal presents three issues for our review, which we have rephrased as follows:

  1. Whether the trial court erred by denying Seal’s motion to suppress a recorded telephone conversation between Seal and the victim.
  2. Whether the trial court erred by declining to propound Seal’s requested jury instruction.
  3. Whether the evidence was sufficient to sustain Seal’s conviction for child sexual abuse.

Read the 44-page opinion here