Couple pleas guilty to third degree sexual abuse
WAYNE — A Wayne couple facing a combined 44 sexually related charges after allegedly engaging in sexual relations with an underage boy and girl over a 22-month span of time each pled guilty to one count of sexual abuse in the third degree.
The judge sentenced Larry Cricks, 43, and Bertha Cricks, 33, both of Wayne, credit for time served which was approximately 2 months for her and slightly more than 3 months for him. The two are also required to register for life as sexual offenders.
The Cricks were each charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse by a parent/guardian, 10 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of incest in December 2016, according to indictments from Wayne County Circuit Court.
According to Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Plymale, officials consulted the victims throughout the trial process to gauge the severity of the situation.
“During the negotiations we consulted with the older of the victims in order to gauge how (the kids) felt about things and lessen the trauma for them.” Plymale said. “It’s pretty traumatic to go through trials like this.”
The Cricks’ charges stem from a West Virginia State Police investigation into reported sexual contact against the two children, both under 14, between January 2014 and October 2015.