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Pegg Put On Probation

By Staff | Aug 12, 2009

On July 30 in the Wetzel County Circuit Court, a plea agreement was reached for William Michael Pegg, 44, of Rt. 1 Box 53, New Martinsville, or Box 47D, Glen Easton, W.Va. Pegg pleaded guilty to count three, failure to register as a sexual offender during the month of his birth.

Count one, moving to a new address, and count two, failure to report a change of vehicle, were dismissed according to the plea agreement.

Prosecutor Tim Haught told the courtroom that Pegg was convicted in June 1, 1998, as a sexual offender in a case involving a 15 year old. He was employed out of the state during the time he was to register.

He noted that Pegg did make an attempt to register at the West Virginia State Police headquarters, but no one was in the office on the day he tried to register.

Haught reminded those in court that he did appear to register on a later date with the State Police. Haught explained that Pegg has had no prior felony convictions. He has also been gainfully employed and made all of his court appearances.

Judge David Hummel asked Pegg what made him think he was guilty of count three, failure to report as a sexual offender. Pegg responded by saying, “I was out of town and wasn’t there in time to register.”

Hummel suspended a sentence of no less than one and no more than five years in the West Virginia Men’s Penitentiary. He then placed Pegg on two years of supervised probation with the Adult Probation Officer John Lantz.