Man pleads no contest in child abuse case in Accomack Circuit Court Thursday

September 2, 2023
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Accomack County Circuit Court

By Linda Cicoira

A 22-year-old Guatemalan National pleaded no contest Thursday in Accomack Circuit Court to sexually abusing a child last April who was younger than 13 years old.     

With a no-contest plea, a defendant accepts punishment but doesn’t admit guilt.  Jairon Fredy Morales, of Parksley, entered the plea in an agreement with Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney William Fox. A charge of forcible sodomy of a child less than 13 was not prosecuted in accordance with the agreement.

A Spanish interpreter was provided for Morales, who was also aided by his lawyer Isabel Kaldenbach who is fluent in the language.     

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The maximum punishment for sexual abuse is 20 years in prison plus a fine of $100,000. Sentencing was set for Nov. 30. Judge W. Revell Lewis III accepted the agreement and ordered a short-form presentence report and a psychosexual evaluation.

The agreement allowed the victim, a six-year-old girl, to avoid testifying.

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