A 25-year-old Healdton man pleaded guilty Monday morning to child molestation charges.

 


A 25-year-old Healdton man pleaded guilty Monday morning to child molestation charges.


Judge Lee Card sentenced Gordon Westervelt to 20 years imprisonment for the charge of lewd or indecent proposals or acts towards a minor, five years of which were suspended.


Michelle Kott of the Carter County District Attorney’s office said Westervelt will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.


Westervelt was arrested on Jan. 7 after an investigation by the Carter County Sheriff’s Department and C/SARA.


 The investigation alleged he sexually abused a female child in rural northern Carter County multiple times between April 2008 and June 2009.


He was planning to plead last week, but was unable to because his attorney was not available for court.


Kott said Westervelt’s incarceration would begin immediately.


Phil Banker
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