Clarksburg WV Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Bestial Child Porn Charge

  • By WV News
  • February 14, 2020

CLARKSBURG — A 55-year-old Clarksburg sex offender already serving 10 years on a supervised release revocation could face five to 15 more years for possessing and uploading to the internet porn involving bestiality and a small child.

Joe Louzy III will be sentenced March 4 by Harrison Circuit Judge Chris McCarthy. Harrison Assistant Prosecutor Brian Shockley and Fairmont attorney Christopher M. Wilson will join in recommending the court impose the prison term, but run it concurrent with a 10-year sentence Louzy is serving for a supervised release revocation.

The sides also would recommend a new supervised release term of 30 years to begin once Louzy is released from prison, which effectively would leave him on extended court supervision for the remainder of his life.

Louzy was on supervised release from a 2008 case where he viewed a child porn video and sent it to someone else via email.

Harrison Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Zach Mealey investigated the new case against Louzy.

Also:

— Judge McCarthy on Friday denied a defense motion to suppress statements given by Anthony Delbert Coleman, 39, of Bridgeport, to State Police Cpl. Martin Bailey.

Coleman is set for trial later this month on one count of first-degree sexual assault and one count of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust.

Harrison Assistant Defender Devon Unger and Harrison Chief Defender Susan Morris had asked the court to toss the statements, given last April 19 at the Bridgeport detachment of State Police, and April 22, following a polygraph examination at the Fairmont detachment.

Harrison Assistant Prosecutor Andrea Roberts put on two witnesses to defeat the motion: Bailey, and former State Police polygraph examiner/sergeant Michael Camden.

Bailey testified Coleman on April 19 denied ever even having been alone with the girl, who was under age 10 at the time (when Coleman would have been in his early 30s. On April 22, Coleman began changing his story, Camden said, both prior to polygraph testing and during it.

After Camden was done, Bailey took a statement from Coleman in which the defendant allegedly said he believed the girl may have performed a sex act on him while he was sleeping on the couch.

Unger attacked the statement, saying it only was given after Coleman had been at the Fairmont detachment for about six hours, and only after he had been hooked up to unwieldy and intimidating polygraph equipment.

McCarthy also instructed Coleman of his trial rights, heard a brief objection from Unger on a matter already ruled upon by the court via written order, and the court decided on a jury pool of 60.

Coleman also told the court he has rejected a plea deal from the state. However, the offer will remain on the table until Tuesday.

Coleman could face 35 to 120 years in prison if convicted on both counts, and if he received that sentence, would have to spend at least 35 years behind bars.

— Harrison Chief Judge Thomas A. Bedell has postponed trial for Robert Leroy Fisher, 57, of Bridgeport, until April 27, according to Harrison Assistant Prosecutor Brad Pustolski. That comes after the court granted a motion for Fisher’s current defense attorney to withdraw.

Fisher was indicted in January on two counts of first-degree sexual assault, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or person in a position of trust.

State Police Tfc. Roger Glaspell has accused Fisher of molesting a girl under age 10.

— Joseph Michael Richison, 27, of Clarksburg, has pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and will be sentenced April 3 by Bedell, according to the office of Harrison Prosecutor Rachel Romano.

— Joshua Ryan Booth, 38, of Clarksburg, has given up his right to a probable cause hearing before Harrison Magistrate Mark Gorby, according to Romano’s office. That sends to circuit court the charges of distribution of buprenorphine and distribution of hydrocodone.

The Greater Harrison Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force investigated.


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