Augusta County Man Admits to Sexual Abuse, Could Face 50 Years
An Augusta County man faces the possibility of up to five decades behind bars, after he admitted to repeated acts of sexual abuse. Prosecutors say the crimes came to light soon after the 13-year-old victim confided in a friend.
Prosecutors in child sex abuse cases often have no witnesses other than the alleged victim, and no physical evidence to work with, but in the case of James Stanford Beverley, the commonwealth would have gone to trial with the testimony of at least two other witnesses.
Beverley hid behind another inmate Tuesday afternoon, as he emerged from the Augusta County Courthouse. The 48-year-old Greenville man pleaded guilty to five felony counts, including indecent liberties, and carnal knowledge of a child.
Prosecutors say Beverley admitted to committing a wide variety of sex offenses with the young victim, sometimes several times a week during April and May. The girl reported the alleged abuse to her best friend in June, and the friend's mother immediately called the Augusta sheriff's office.
James Beverley will be back in court next February for his sentencing hearing, which could lead to a maximum 50-year sentence.
He's being held in the Middle River Regional Jail.
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