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Raleigh County man sentenced for sexual abuse of 13-year-old

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James Patton was sentenced to 25-45 years in prison on Thursday. James Patton was sentenced to 25-45 years in prison on Thursday.
RALEIGH COUNTY (WVVA) -

A man is sentenced in Raleigh County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to sexually abusing five teenage boys. 

James Patton, of Eccles, was arrested in March after a teenager told state police that Patton had invited him into his home and asked him to perform oral sex. Although the boy says he declined in the complaint, he indicated that other boys his age had not. That's when state police say they began their investigation into Patton, discovering pornography and forensic evidence of another 13-year old victim on Patton's phone. 

Prosecutors say Patton confessed to sexually abusing the 13-year old and four more victims. 

In October, Patton pled guilty to five counts of third degree sexual assault, use of minors in filming sexually explicit conduct, and two counts of use of obscene matter to seduce a minor.

Thursday morning, Patton was sentenced to 25 to 45 years in prison.

 He will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

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