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Criminal law — Sufficiency of the evidence — Third-degree sexual offense

On May 8, 2015, a jury sitting in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City found appellant, Nelson Bernard Clifford, guilty of two counts of third-degree sexual offense and one count of theft of less than $500.00. The jury acquitted Clifford of charges of first-degree sexual offense, second-degree sexual offense, attempted first-degree rape, attempted second-degree rape, first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, fourth-degree burglary, and theft more than $500.00. The circuit court sentenced Clifford to two, concurrent 30-year terms of incarceration for the sexual offense convictions and to a consecutive 18 months of incarceration for the theft conviction.

Clifford presents two questions for review, which we have rephrased as follows: 1. Did the trial court err in denying Clifford’s motion to dismiss the indictment for pre-indictment delay? 2. Was there sufficient evidence to sustain the conviction of either of the third-degree sexual offenses?

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