Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 17, 2014

Fleming to serve 1 to 3 years

PRINCETON — A Mercer County man who failed to register as a sex offender and left West Virginia was sentenced Friday in Mercer County Circuit Court.

Mark Fleming, 57, originally of the Princeton area, was released from prison in November 2013. He had been convicted of child abuse with risk of injury sexually motivated. The victim was a minor child, and Fleming is required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Fleming registered on Nov. 18, 2013 after serving “just a couple of years” for the crime, according to Cpl. J.C. Long with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment. He was advised to inform Long about any changes in address, but went missing after staying at a motel for three days.

 He was later found at a psychiatric treatment facility in Roanoke, Va., Long said in January. Fleming was released and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service, and was later extradited back to West Virginia.”

Fleming appeared Friday morning before Circuit Court Judge William Sadler for sentencing. The hearing was originally set for 11:30 a.m., but was later moved to 2 p.m. due to a scheduling conflict.

Sadler sentenced Fleming to a term of one to three years in prison, according to information at the Mercer County Circuit Clerk’s Office. Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler represented the state, and Fleming was represented by attorney Alvin Gurganus.

Sex offenders are required by law to notify the state police if they change jobs, change their addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses.

They are also prohibited from working at or near schools or any other location where they could have contact with children.

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