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Mother in 'warlock' sexual abuse case sentenced in Mercer County

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Jessica Barela is sentenced to 4-20 years in prison. Jessica Barela is sentenced to 4-20 years in prison.
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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) Jessica Barela, the girlfriend of the self-proclaimed "warlock" James Irvin, learned her fate on Monday. 

Barela was sentenced her to 4-20 years on four counts of sexual abuse with risk of bodily injury. She previously entered a plea to two counts of sexual exploitation by a parent or guardian as well, but that sentence was suspended.

"Given that she is not the  primary offender, but the person who negligence and omissions lead to the abuse, I think this is a fair resolution," says George Sitler, Mercer County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Barela must also serve ten years of probation once released from prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.

You may recall, James Irvin, 57, was convicted by a jury in October 2014 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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