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Friday, July 26, 2013
Citing the extended span of time across which the incidents occurred, a judge this week sentenced a Troutville man to 40 years in prison for multiple charges of incest.
Glen Eric Tetreault, 42, in April pleaded guilty to 20 counts of incest; he’d earlier been charged with 38 counts.
According to Botetourt County Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney John Alexander, the offenses involved a relative who was a teenager and took place between 2008 and 2011.
“The crux of this type of case is the victimization of a child,” Alexander told Circuit Court Judge Malfourd “Bo” Trumbo during sentencing Thursday in Fincastle. “Society at its most basic expects a child to be protected.”
Defense attorney C.J. Covati said the crimes were brought on by Tetreault’s drinking and by abuses he experienced as a youth.
“He doesn’t believe it was right. … He hopes this cycle ends with him,” Covati told Trumbo.
“Due to the alcohol, I did not realize what I was doing at the time of the events,” Tetreault said in court.
But Trumbo pointed to the “longevity of the crimes” and gave Tetreault five years on each of the 20 counts, or 100 years, to be suspended after he serves 40 years.
That sum exceeded both judicial guidelines and the prosecution’s request by three years.
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