By Joe Beck
WOODSTOCK -- A Mount Jackson man convicted of having sex with a 13-year-old girl was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court with the judge admonishing him to "act like a man" in the future.
Cory Allen Spiggle, 21, entered the courtroom with a lengthy record in juvenile and domestic relations court that included a charge of rape that was eventually reduced to misdemeanor assault. The case stemmed from an incident in 2007 when Spiggle was 15 years old.
Spiggle was only two weeks away from completing a two-year probation sentence on burglary and misdemeanor larceny convictions when he was arrested and accused of having consensual sex with the underage victim.
Assistant commonwealth's attorney Louis Campola said the girl asked Spiggle over to her home at 12:30 a.m. Aug. 1 to comfort her after she broke up with her boyfriend.
"She was crying, they lay down and cuddled, one thing led to another, and they ended up having sex that night," Campola told Hupp.
Campola called for a seven-year sentence, which is at the top of the state's guideline range.
"Starting out as a juvenile and moving into adulthood, his crimes have become more serious," Campola said of Spiggle.
Defense attorney Charles Ramsey of Woodstock called for a prison sentence of three to four years. He contended that his client thought the victim was 16 years old, not 13, which, although still a crime, made it less serious.
Ramsey called Spiggle's criminal record the product of youthful immaturity and lacking in predatory intentions.
"He needs to have a real job . . . and not have all this free time to hang out with people younger than him," Ramsey said.
Hupp said the sentencing was a difficult decision that required weighing Spiggle's youthfulness against the need to impose punishment that reflected the seriousness of the crime and his criminal record.
"I question whether you really thought she was 15 or 16 since you knew her," Hupp told Spiggle.
Hupp added eight years probation to the four-year prison sentence, which included revocation of his earlier probation.
"The fact is you were the adult. You bear responsibility for what happened here," Hupp told Spiggle, adding, "Going forward, you need to act like a man."
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