By Debra Minor Wilson
Times West Virginian
A Marion County man indicted on three counts of various forms of sexual abuse will spend the next 40-90 years in a state prison.
James Edward Carpenter Jr., 36, of Mannington, was sentenced Tuesday by Marion Circuit Judge David R. Janes to 15-35 years each on two counts of sexual assault in the first degree, and 10-20 years for sexual abuse by parent, guardian or custodian for incidents that took place from 1998 to 2011.
Additional charges, including incest, and distribution and exhibition of child pornography, were dismissed in exchange for a guilty plea.
Carpenter had been arrested Oct. 28, 2011, by West Virginia State Police on felony sexual assault in the first and third degrees, incest, child sexual abuse by parent, guardian or custodian, and distribution and exhibition of child pornography.
The charges included an incestuous relationship with a 14-year-old juvenile earlier in 2011 as well as a 3-year-old juvenile to whom he is biologically related in 1998. His bond was set at $700,000.
Police were investigating Carpenter for downloading child pornography. Although he said children under 12 “do not turn him on,” police found several pictures of children under age 12 on his computer, whom he recognized.
Carpenter said he downloaded 1,000 to 1,200 child pornography photographs and 20 child pornographic movies from the Internet, according to the criminal complaint.
During this investigation, Carpenter told police he had had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old female relative from June to September of that year.