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Kanawha County Man Sentenced Up to 20 Years On Sexual Abuse Charges
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jul. 18, 2012 1:41 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 18, 2012 6:03 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Kanawha County man is sentenced for sexually abusing his 14-year-old stepdaughter.
William Clere also faced allegations he physically abused his then 10-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old stepson, but the plea deal left him facing the sexual abuse by a parent charge.
Clere wanted probation and prosecutors wanted 20 years. He was apologetic for the crimes at a Kanawha City apartment. He was not indicted for allegations made at the time of his 2011 arrest that he tried to make his daughter eat feces. Both the defendant and his teenage victim spoke out in court Wednesday.
Bob Aaron's report says:
An apologetic William Clere wanted probation. A prosecutor wanted him locked up for 20 years. So did his stepdaughter, sexually abused by him at 14. She said " I'd like to see him get as much time as he can because he just ruined me!"
The Kanawha City man had also been charged with physically abusing a ten-year-old daughter and six-year-old stepson. He was not indicted for allegations that he made a child eat feces that were reported after his 2011 arrest. The plea bargain left everything hanging on the sexual abuse.
Clere told the court: " I wish I could change things that happened. I love all 3 of those kids. I have a poor way of showing it sometimes." No disagreement from the Judge Tod Kaufman: "That's your sentence 10 to 20 years." That's ten to twenty years and two decades of court supervison once he gets out. Clere must register as a sex offender for life.
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