Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting Child Could Get Life in Prison

March 15, 2013

The Louisa County man charged in the sexual assault of a child could face life in prison.

36 year-old Joe Leake of Montpelier faces five charges in the abduction and assault of a 10 year-old girl.

At a hearing Friday morning, the prosecution said they intended to utilize Bell's Law.

The law, sponsored by Delegate Rob Bell, requires a mandatory life sentence for those convicted of certain sex offenses against a child less than 13.

A preliminary hearing for the case is set for April 29.

Leake is being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail.

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