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Mentor makes mess of family
A young man who came to Stafford County a few years ago in part to serve as a role model to a younger teen was ordered this week to serve nearly 17 years in prison for molesting the teen’s 12-year-old sister and stealing from the people who took him in and others.
James Natavious King, who just turned 21, pleaded guilty in Stafford Circuit Court Monday to rape, sodomy, breaking and entering, two counts of grand larceny and violating probation. Judge Michael Levy sentenced him to a total of 54 years in prison with all but 16 years and 11 months suspended.
Prosecutor Ed Lustig said King came from Alabama to live with a family in Stafford. The father thought that King could be a mentor to the man’s son, who was having problems in school.
King had just finished serving time for a grand larceny that occurred in June 2012 in Stafford when he started causing trouble again. A new investigation began in February when the girl, who was 12 at the time, told a teacher that she didn’t want to go home because King had been having sex with her there.
During the same time period, Lustig said, King stole jewelry from the girl’s father and broke into the North Stafford home of the father’s girlfriend and stole a number of items, including game systems, a laptop computer and other electronics.
Police were eventually able to tie King to the thefts through pawnshop receipts.
He was arrested Feb. 19 following a chase that began when a deputy spotted him in a car in North Stafford. King, who was already wanted at the time, got out of the car at a Wawa convenience store and ran.
Deputy Bo Truslow and his police dog, Xander, apprehended King a short time later. The dog bit King during the incident.
Lustig said King later confessed to Detective Pat Tudor that he’d been having sex with the girl.
Court records contain a statement from the girl’s father in which he stated that his misguided faith in King has “torn my family apart.” The father said it was devastating knowing that “I was unable to protect my daughter in her own home.”
Defense attorney Martin Novillo represented King. Levy’s sentence was within the recommended state sentencing guideline, which is between nine and 19 years in prison.
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