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Man sentenced in Marion County to more than 100 years in prison for host of sex charges

FAIRMONT, W.Va. - A judge sentenced a Fairmont man for two dozen sex crimes committed in Marion County.

James Hess, 72, will spend 120 to 300 years in prison, after a jury convicted him in December on 12 counts of first degree sexual abuse and 12 counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust, according to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

The crimes were committed against an 8-year-old girl, and they involved inappropriate touching of the girl and Hess compelling the girl to touch him inappropriately, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

A judge sentenced Hess to 5 to 25 years in prison for each of the 12 counts of first degree sexual abuse, to run consecutively, and 10 to 20 years in prison for each of the 12 counts of sexual abuse by parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust, to also run consecutively, or one after the other.  However, the sentences for each set of charges will run concurrently, or at the same time, according to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.


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