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MD Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Charges in Nelson

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Office of Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin Press Release

This morning in Nelson County Circuit Court, Kenneth Spratt, a 57-year-old Maryland man, pleaded guilty to 8 felony charges involving child pornography and other sexual offenses against 3 young girls who live in Nelson County.

Investigator William Mays of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office investigated these matters after the children’s parents reported that their children were sexually molested by Kenneth Spratt whom they met at church and who would stay with them periodically, sometimes overnight.

After the children’s parents confronted Spratt, they turned over to authorities a laptop computer, several hard drives and other electronic equipment that Spratt left behind. Mays obtained a search warrant and found numerous videos showing Kenneth Spratt committing sexual acts with all 3 girls, all of whom are less than 13 years old.

Officer Kevin Poindexter from the Lynchburg Police Department assisted Mays in conducting a forensic examination of Spratt’s computer and hard drives.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Anthony Martin outlined the evidence in court following Spratt’s guilty pleas to 6 counts of object sexual penetration, each of which is a felony and carries up to life in prison, and 2 counts of production of child pornography, second or subsequent offense, each of which carries up to 40 years in prison with 15 years that are mandatory sentences meaning they must be served and not suspended.

Judge J. Michael Gamble then accepted a plea agreement whereby Spratt will have to serve 30 years in prison for 2 counts of production of child pornography. Spratt then received 5 years in prison on each of the 6 charges of object sexual penetration all of which were suspended. All of the remaining charges against Spratt were dismissed based on his guilty Upon Spratt’s release, he will be on supervised probation for 20 years; must register and reregister as a sex offender; and have no contact with the victims’ family. Commonwealth’s Attorney, Anthony Martin, proposed the plea agreement after getting the approval from the children’s family; and considering Kenneth Spratt’s age and the fact that there is no parole in Virginia, the 30 year active sentence was an appropriate resolution that would prevent the children from having to testify in court.

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