Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 14, 2013

Sex crimes: Local man sentenced

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man who was indicted in 2008 of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse, and sexual abuse by a custodian or person in a position of trust, was sentenced to one to five years in prison, and 10 years of supervised release in a sentencing hearing earlier this month.

The court also required Virgil Eugene Shrader, 68, of Sandlick to register as a sex offender for life, according to Janet Williamson, Mercer County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

“The defendant had entered a best interest of the case plea to sexual abuse in the first degree on Feb. 20, 2009,” Williamson said. “At that time, the court agreed for a deferred adjudication on probation for five years,” Williamson said. She explained that with a deferred adjudication, an offender has to undergo therapy and also confess to the crime he was charged with.

“He would never do the therapy,” Williamson said. “The court called him back in for failure to abide by the court’s order, and he refused to admit to the crime.”

Williamson said that prior to the hearing on Nov. 1, that Shrader admitted to the crimes. “He apologized to the victim in court,” Williamson said, adding that the victim was 11 years old during the time period when the crimes were committed between 2005-’07. “He had previously denied doing it,” Williamson said.

According to Williamson, Senior Status Judge David Knight of the Mercer County Circuit Court, sentenced Shrader to a prison term of 1-5 years, and gave him credit for eight days served. In addition to the prison sentence, Knight sentenced Shrader to 10 years post release supervision and ordered him to register as a sex offender.

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