Sex offender sentenced to 25 years for making sexual abuse images of a child he met at church

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A 55-year-old Portsmouth man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for creating images of child sexual abuse.

Lavelle Mayfield, a registered sex offender who also goes by name of Lavelle Hilton, appeared in federal court in Norfolk Friday.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release, Mayfield met the 16-year-old victim at church in Chesapeake before the girl’s father reported her missing on Feb. 5 of this year.

The victim’s younger sister reported previously seeing the victim get into a van with a man they knew from church and even saw her sister trade the man some homemade cookies in exchange for a bag of small bottles of alcohol.

When the victim returned on Feb. 12, police arrested Mayfield the next day on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

After further investigation, the victim told police she had sex with Mayfield several times and that Mayfield took several pictures.

When police searched Mayfield’s phone, they found 137 pictures of the girl along with two videos. Because the abuse occurred on camera, federal prosecutors charged him with production of child pornography, police said.

According to the release, Mayfield was also convicted in 1994, 1995, and 1999 of molesting different girls in Minnesota. In at least one of those cases, he gave his victim alcohol.

Mayfield was sentenced to one year in prison for the first case, three years and four months for the second and 15 years for the third.

Reports said he was released in August, 2011 but is still a registered sex offender and under parole until September 14, 2021.


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