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September 8, 2012

Man admits sex offenses from 2011 and 1998

RICHMOND — A man accused of sex crimes from 2011 and 1998, both involving 14-year-old girls, pleaded guilty Thursday in the two cases.

Charles W. Peyton, 63, of East Irvine Street, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse in the 2011 incident and an amended charge of third-degree rape in the 1998 case.

Peyton originally had been indicted on a charge of first-degree rape in the older case.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended a sentence of three years for the rape offense and two years for the sexual abuse charge. She asked that the penalties run consecutively for a total of five years.

Peyton was arrested Dec. 12 by Richmond police and charged with first-degree sexual abuse after he reportedly “engaged in inappropriate touching” with a 14-year-old girl while giving her a ride home, according to Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock.

During his change of plea hearing, Judge William Clouse told Peyton to explain what he did.

“I patted a girl on the leg,” Peyton said.

Clouse said that statement wasn’t an adequate statement of guilt, and Peyton elaborated that he had rubbed his hand on the inside of the girl’s thigh.

At the time he was arrested in the 2011 sex crime, Peyton already was being investigated in connection with a similar 1998 incident involving another girl, according to Brock.

During the hearing, Peyton admitted that in 1998 he “took a young girl for a ride in the country and had intercourse with her.”

Clouse asked him how old the girl was, and Peyton said she was 14.

There was some question about whether Peyton would be required to serve 85 percent of the entire five-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole, or just 85 percent for the most recent crime, which has a recommended sentence of two years.

Because the third-degree rape incident happened in 1998, the sentencing guidelines at the time only required sex offenders to serve 20 percent of their sentences before becoming parole-eligible.

Clouse said the parole board would have to make the determination of when Peyton was eligible for early release.

“There is a possibility that all five years will be treated at 85 percent,” Clouse told Peyton.

Peyton’s sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

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