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'Warlock' is sentenced on child sexual abuse charges in Mercer County

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James 'warlock' Irvin is sentenced on Monday in Mercer County for the sexual abuse of three children. James 'warlock' Irvin is sentenced on Monday in Mercer County for the sexual abuse of three children.

MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) A Bluefield, WV man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for sex crimes against children.

James Irvin, 57, was convicted by a jury in October on multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse against three children. Irvin was arrested in April 2014 at his home on Giles Street in Bluefield, WV. In court on Monday, Irvin was sentenced to 235-950 years in prison by Circuit Court Judge William Sadler. 

According to the criminal complaint, two of the victims lived with their mother and stepfather in Irvin's home on Giles Street when the alleged offenses occurred in 2007.The complaint states the alleged sex acts were performed under the guise of Pagan/Wiccan rituals, of which Irvin was a follower.One victim testified that Irvin forced her to perform the sexual acts, described as "magic" to "make mommy well," the complaint states.

The second victim stated that her mother believed Irvin was a "magical Warlock," according to the complaint. She was told by her mother that she "was going to have to do something to keep her well which involved magic with Irvin," the complaint says.The victim says she went to Irvin's bedroom after school every day for at least two weeks, where the alleged sex acts occurred.

A third victim, a friend of the family, has also come forward to report that she was sexually abused by Irvin on four occasions at his home. She told police, according to the criminal complaint, that Irvin told her the "magic" acts could "make her recently deceased father come back."

During the sentencing hearing, a request for a retrial from Irvin's defense attorney was denied. The mother of the three children, Jessica Barela, is also facing charges.

Irvin has been in Southern Regional Jail since his arrest in April.

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