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Sex offender pleads guilty to more crimes against child
Updated: Friday, November 15 2013, 05:05 PM EST
By: NEWS9 and Philip Stahl
OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. --
A man who admitted he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy while on federal parole was sentenced to go back to prison Friday.
Lawrence West pleaded guilty to a sexual abuse charge and one count of third-degree sexual assault, which were two counts of a 21-count indictment.
In Ohio County Circuit Court, Judge David Sims sentenced West to 11 to 25 years in prison and 50 years of supervised release. West stood silent when asked if he wished to address the judge before he was sent back to jail again.
The crimes happened between 2010 and 2011, while West was on federal probation for being convicted for attempted Internet enticement of a minor in 2005. For the 2005 conviction in federal court, West spent three years in prison. He was released in 2008.
As a condition of West's release for the Internet crime, he had been required to submit to a monitor and maintenance polygraph exam. During the random polygraph test, he told an officer he had sex with a teenager.
"(West) got very, very distraught and … made an admission to him to having a consensual i.e. non-forcible sexual encounter with a 15-year-old," said Ohio County Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Turak.
The 15-year-old victim told West Virginia State Police Sgt. Scott Adams that West assaulted him about 12 times.
"Initially, the victim denied anything that had occurred out of shame, embarrassment, or humiliation, but the victim did an interview at the Harmony House (in Wheeling) where he disclosed numerous sexual encounters between he and the defendant," Turak said.
Turak told the judge that if the case were to go to trial, the state had evidence that West admitted to the crimes that took place nearly three years ago.
"During the transport back to West Virginia, after he was advised of his Miranda rights, the defendant made several key admissions in that transport back," Turak said.