MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 50-year-old man accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old Berkeley County girl pleaded guilty under Alford circumstances to two felony counts of child abuse resulting in injury and is scheduled to be sentenced July 29, according to court records.
Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but acknowledges that there is enough evidence to gain a conviction.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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