Months after a college student was raped by a friend at a party she hosted, it continues to affect her life, a prosecutor said Friday.
Wicomico County Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Kristen Schultz was reading the woman’s victim impact statement in court Friday.
The convicted perpetrator, Andrew Hull, 25, of Walkersville, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Hull was convicted by a jury of second-degree rape, sodomy and related charges in the Nov. 2 Salisbury incident and found not guilty on a charge of second-degree assault. He was acquitted on a charge of first-degree assault.
The victim was passed out at the time of the rape, Schultz said. The Daily Times does not name victims of sexual assault.
Schultz read in the victim’s impact statement that Hull took away her trust of others, and he also caused her physical pain that caused her to remind her of the rape after it happened.
“It’s a part of me now,” Schultz read in the victim’s statement.
The victim moved from the house where the rape took place, took time off school because she couldn’t focus and decided not to go on an out-of-the-country study trip because of what happened, Schultz read in the statement.
“Life has changed in more ways than one,” Schultz read.
A former neighbor spoke on Hull’s behalf, saying she fully trusted him and he would do odd jobs for her such as shoveling her driveway.
Rockville, Maryland-based defense attorney Deane Shure said that Hull’s mom would have spoken about how Hull has been caring for his grandmother. He has maintained his innocence to his mom, Shure said.
Hull declined to make a statement to the judge in court, but when someone called out to him as he was being led back into the holding area, he called back, “Love you guys.”
Shure said he felt the jury was prejudiced by a mention of a separate pending sex case for Hull during the trial in June. Online court records show Hull pleaded guilty to sexual solicitation of minor in a Frederick County case in July and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
“This case is troubling to the court,” Retired Wicomico County Circuit Court Judge D. William Simpson said before handing down the 20-year sentence, which was 20 years on one count and 20 years to be served concurrently on another count. Hull will also have to register as a sex offender.
It’s been tough for the victim after what Schultz called a “particularly heinous attack.”
“Even when I think it’s over, it’s not,” Schultz read in the victim’s impact statement.