Two area men were set to enter pleas in separate sex crime cases Monday, but while one met his fate, the other will wait until next week.

 


Two area men were set to enter pleas in separate sex crime cases Monday, but while one met his fate, the other will wait until next week.


Rodney Chad Briscoe, 34, of Ardmore, pleaded guilty to lewd and indecent proposals to a person believed to be under 16, a felony. Pursuant to a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s office, Briscoe was sentenced to 25 years in prison, 15 of which he will serve on the outside on probation.


District Attorney Craig Ladd said Briscoe will be eligible for parole in 8 1/2 years.


Briscoe was arrested July 20, 2009, for sending hundreds of text messages to an 11-year-old female child, many of which were sexually explicit. The child’s mother reported the texts to the Lone Grove Police Department. Officer Johnny Denney conducted a four-day investigation, using the girl’s phone to text Briscoe and eventually arrange for a meeting at the girl’s home.


He was arrested at the girl’s home without incident.


The case of Gordon Westervelt, 23, of Healdton, was continued until next Monday. Ladd said Westervelt’s attorney was unable to make it to court.


Westervelt faces charges in connection with a child molestation case alleging sex crimes against a preschool-age child from April 2008 to June 2009. Carter County Undersheriff Milton Anthony said in a previous report that the case pointed to numerous sex crimes against the child.


Westervelt was arrested without incident on Jan. 7, 2010, after an investigation by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and C/SARA.


Ladd said he expects Westervelt to plead guilty.



Phil Banker
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