South Point man gets time in rape casePublished 9:43am Friday, November 23, 2012
Now a registered sex offender for life, a South Point man was sentenced to prison Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.
William Morrison 37, of 140 Private Drive 2482 County Road 1, previously pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted rape of a 13-year-old, a charge that was amended from first-degree rape with the consent of the victim’s family.
Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Morrison to six years in prison and ordered a restraining ordered, barring the man from making contact with the victim. Morrison will also be classified as a Tier III sex offended, requiring him to report for life.
According the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the victim in the case called her father and said she had been raped by Morrison at the man’s home.
When the girl’s father went to the Morrison residence, Morrison allegedly fled in a vehicle. Morrison later turned himself in to authorities.
In other cases:
• Michael Newcomb, 18, of 2786 Poplar Fork Road, Franklin Furnace, was arraigned on a bill of information of third-degree failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. Newcomb pleaded guilty through his attorney Warren Morford.
Cooper sentenced Newcomb to two years in prison.
• Jessica Holston, 34, of 48 Township Road 1051, Ironton, admitted community control sanctions violations. Cooper sentenced the woman to six months in prison.
• David Barbour, 29, of 100 Front St., Proctorville, denied CCS violations. Cooper set a trial for Dec. 12.