BECKLEY, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – Henry Quade, 73, is facing 25 years behind bars after sexually abusing a child.
According to court documents, in November of 2018, Quade, then 70, was determined to have sexually abused a child, then 10. It was determined that the abuse had been going on since the child was eight years old. Quade was charged with the sexual abuse of a parent, guardian or custodian.
On Monday, September 20, Quade took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to felony first-degree sexual abuse.
Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney Ben Hatfield explained that first-degree sexual abuse usually carries a sentence of one to five years; however, due to the age difference between the defendant and the victim, the state can seek an enhanced penalty of five to 25 years.
Quade must register on the West Virginia Sex Offender Registry for life and, upon his release, he will receive up to 50 years of post-release supervision with the Division of Corrections.
Sentencing is scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2021, at 10 a.m.