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Bluefield mom involved in 'warlock' sex crimes case enters plea

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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) The mother of the victims abused by a self-proclaimed 'magical warlock" in Bluefield has entered a plea.

Jessica Barela, 34, has been found guilty of four counts of child abuse with the risk of serious bodily injury. Each charge carries a 1-5 year prison sentence. 

Barela also entered a plea to two counts of sexual exploitation by a parent or guardian. That sentence will be suspended. Her sentencing date on the child abuse charges will be had on June 29, 2015. 

You may recall, 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. 

According to the criminal complaint, two of the victims lived with Barela and their stepfather in Irvin's home 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."

Irvin will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. 

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