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Man Pleads Guilty to Registry Violation

By Staff | Feb 3, 2016

By LAUREN MATTHEWS

Staff Writer

Fred Leslie Kirk, 46, of New Martinsville, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Jan. 27, to failure to register/update sex offender information.

Prosecutor Timothy Haught explained that Kirk, who is required to register as a sex offender for life, failed to notify the West Virginia State Police that he had opened up social media accounts.

Haught noted that when confronted by the police, Kirk admitted to the violation, stating that he did not know it was wrong to have the accounts.

Kirk, in court, admitted to not reporting his Facebook account to the police.

Kirk will return to court 2 p.m., Feb. 19 for a sentencing hearing.

This is not Kirk’s first registration violation.

On September 4, 2009, Kirk pleaded guilty to one felony count of failure to register as a sex offender in the month of his birth (October) to the State Police detachment. At this time, he was sentenced to one to five years in prison but was told he could file a motion for reduction in sentence after 120 days of time served on good behavior. On February 19, 2010, Kirk was granted the reduction in sentence by Judge Mark A. Karl. Kirk was then placed on two years of probation.

In September 2010, Kirk was ordered to serve out his original sentence of one to five years following his admission to violating the conditions of his probation, wherein after a meeting to modify his probation terms to include no contact with minors, Kirk was spotted at Town and Country Days, helping children on and off rides.

At this time, Prosecutor Haught had forewarned Kirk that a second offense of failure to register as a sex offender carried a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Kirk was convicted in March 1998 for sexual abuse by a custodian.

In another matter, James Robert Grant, 44, waived extradition and is expected to be transported back to Washington County, Pa. to answer to charges.

Grant stated, in court, that “they don’t want me,” in regards to Washington County’s bench warrant for Grant’s arrest. Judge Cramer told Grant that he would set a bond in Grant’s case if authorities did not come to retrieve Grant after five days.