Man Sentenced For Sex Crimes
NEW MARTINSVILLE – Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Cramer sentenced a New Martinsville man to up to 55 years in prison for sex crimes involving a juvenile on Thursday in Wetzel County Circuit Court.
Darian Wayne Reynolds, 35, was sentenced for two separate charges of sexual abuse by a custodian. Each charge carries a penalty of prison time between 10 to 20 years – for 20 to 40 years total. Reynolds was also sentenced for incest and will serve between five to 15 years in prison.
The sentences will be served consecutively and the maximum indeterminate sentence is 25 to 55 years.
Because Reynolds’ sex crimes involve a juvenile, the records detailing what occurred are sealed from public view for the protection of the victim.
Cramer called Reynolds the kind of “monster that haunts parents’ nightmares.”
“The one person who should have been her protector was her monster,” Cramer said. “What you have taken from her can never be restored or be fixed.”
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Carl “Worthy” Paul described the crimes as “hands down, the worst I’ve ever seen.”
Prior to sentencing, Reynolds’ defense attorney, Brett Ferro, said alcohol pollutes his client’s reasoning – a factor to look at when asking the court to consider the sentences to run concurrently instead of consecutively.
Reynolds said he started drinking at a young age and he was an alcoholic, but now he was done with drinking and will stay sober.
Unmoved by Reynolds admission, Cramer described Reynolds’ crimes as “heinous” and “incomprehensible.”
Reynolds was initially charged with six counts of sexual assault in the first degree, six counts of sexual abuse by a custodian, and six counts of incest, all to have been committed against a child.
So that the victim would not have to testify, Wetzel County Prosecutor Tim Haught said there was a plea agreement between Reynolds with the state.
Paul added, “Because of the plea agreement, this poor child was spared that.”