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Man sentenced to 55 years

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A man who allegedly kidnapped and raped an area woman was sentenced Monday.

Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers sentenced Larry J. Sharps to 55 years for criminal deviate conduct, rape and being a habitual offender.

Sharps had agreed to plead guilty to the charges earlier this month. He and his legal counsel struck the deal with the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

The deal called for Sharps to plead guilty to a class A felony charge of criminal deviate conduct, class B felony charge of rape and being a habitual offender. The state agreed to drop criminal confinement and sexual battery charges.

On Oct. 18, 2007, Sharps allegedly abducted a woman from her Terre Haute residence while threatening her with a knife. He then drove her to Brazil, where she was sexually assaulted at a residence on North Sherman Street.

Sharps was released from prison in February 2007 and was on parole and registered as a lifetime "sex offender" for a previous conviction for criminal deviate conduct on the Indiana Sheriff's Association Sex and Violent Offender Registry in October 2007.

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now just keep him there .

-- Posted by kd323 on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 8:56 AM

Maybe this time Sharps will have time to think about his evil ways ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 9:23 AM

He was already a registered sex offender?? EW Kepp him away from here!

-- Posted by sassypants on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 10:41 AM

way to go

-- Posted by charcar on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 12:56 PM

Thank you, Judge Akers for protecting the public from this scum.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Tue, Oct 28, 2008, at 6:50 PM

It's troubling that he was released to commit the same type of evil crime. There isn't any type of rehab for offenders of this nature, I'm not sure there is any helping for people like this. Get one location, put them all together, lock them up and throw away the keys!!!! Just be done with them first time around.

-- Posted by nascarfans on Wed, Oct 29, 2008, at 12:12 PM

Not an excuse for this person but something to think about when you are looking at this guy's unhappy face or might suspect that someone else may be victim of sexual abuse; especially a child.

A very high percentage of people who abuse were abused themselves as a child when no one stepped in or did not get them counseling. While at times impossible to "cure" a lot of these people were victims themselves and never learned how to get past it so don't know the proper way to deal with it. All they know is that they were helpless then and now they have the power to make someone else helpless. Very sad world we live in. If you think a child is being abused, contact authorities. You may be not only saving a child right now but potential future victims of the current victim himself. Sounds like this guy abused another adult but who knows where it actually started or where it could have gone.

While we as a community may not be able to help this guy, we may be able to prevent the next predator from forming if we intervene if we see or know of a person being abused. Hopefully his victims got the proper help so they won't become so damaged as well.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Oct 29, 2008, at 2:49 PM

Nascarfans.....there is finally a facitlity...the Plainfield prison has been set up for ONLY sex offenders. A friend of mine works there and it's a relief to know that sex offenders finally have somewhere that they can be dealt with and treated, instead of getting lost in a bigger system.

-- Posted by gingersnap13 on Thu, Oct 30, 2008, at 11:21 AM

I know this person and he was not abused as you would think as a child. He may have had problems as a kid but was not raised to do these things. I do feel safer knowing that women and girls have one less predator to watch out for.

-- Posted by Garcia on Fri, Oct 31, 2008, at 1:08 PM

This idiot has had all the time in the world to change his life. Being a correctional worker for many years, I know this offender has been given every chance to change his attitude and life but most do not want to change. There should be stiffer laws on repeat offenders. Thanks to the judicial system this time around that he is locked up for so long he will be out when he is in his 60's.

-- Posted by chicubs3@juno.com on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 9:55 AM

If anyone had any idea what this person was planning on doing, you would be horrified. If you all knew the real story of what he has done, you would be all over this. Because he has plead an agreement, you won't know the facts to how bad this human being really is. I know, my family knows, and definitely the last victim sure knows. Let's just say this. She's lucky she escaped while she did. Otherwise, he would most likely be facing death row. When he does get out, whether it is in 60's or 70's, I feel for the next victim of the family. I personally think he should be locked up for life, but he has not killed anyone....yet. It very well may be your daughter or granddaughter next, if he lives to get out.

-- Posted by CricketWoman on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 5:37 AM

How did they ever let this perve out the first time

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 8:50 AM

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