January 21, 2005
66-year-old man gets five years in prison for sex abuse
January 21, 2005 [Daily Progress]
By Kate Andrews, staff writer
PALMYRA - A 66-year-old Troy man will serve five years in prison in a child sex abuse case that ended in a plea agreement Thursday.
Curtis Oneal Minor entered an Alford plea in Fluvanna County Circuit Court, denying guilt but acknowledging overwhelming evidence against him.
He received a 25-year sentence, with all but five years suspended.
Minor entered pleas for two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of carnal knowledge of a child, both felonies.
“Obviously, I don’t think five years is enough for that act,” Fluvanna Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip said, “but this case was different from your average case.”
Haislip declined to discuss details of the agreement, but acknowledged that Minor’s age and poor health were considerations.
In October, Minor pleaded not guilty to felony charges of aggravated sexual battery, proposing a sex act to a child and forcible sodomy with a child. Those charges were dropped Jan. 6.
In Thursday’s case, Minor had been charged with eight more counts of forcible sodomy involving the first victim’s sister. Four of the sodomy charges were later downgraded to carnal knowledge of a child, and two others were changed to aggravated sexual battery. The plea agreement was reached Tuesday, according to the court clerk’s office.
A third, older sister was expected to testify about Minor’s past alleged sexual misconduct with her.
“I’m never happy when somebody goes to prison, but it’s something he thought he had to do,” said Mike Caudill, Minor’s attorney. “He’ll be all right.”
Minor faced, at minimum, a 28-year sentence if found guilty, Caudill said. “All in all, it worked out for him.”
He will be credited for time served at Central Virginia Regional Jail and will remain there until he is assigned to a state prison, Haislip said.
Posted by Nancy at January 21, 2005 10:30 AM