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Man who fathered grandchildren sentenced for incest charges

A Kanawha County man who admitted to fathering his three grandchildren was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.

Charles Shamblin was charged with three counts of incest two years ago after his 35-year-old daughter told authorities he sexually assaulted her since she was 7 years old. She gave birth to her first child at age 14.

She attended his sentencing Monday, and told the judge she still feared her father and asked that he be put behind bars.

"He ruined my life," she told Kanawha Circuit Judge Charles King. "He made me raise three kids I did not want. And I don't want him to hurt any more kids."

Assistant Prosecutor Don Morris asked for the maximum prison sentence.

"He went to prison previously for assaulting his wife," Morris said. "Now this came to light. He molested his own child and had three children by her. His daughter is traumatized by this and is still extremely afraid he will get out one day."

Shamblin, 60, never looked at his daughter during the hearing. Asked by King if he wanted to speak, he said, "The only thing I can say is I'm sorry for putting everybody through the aggravation."

Psychologists evaluated Shamblin and came to different conclusions. One determined he was competent to stand trial, while the other deemed him not competent.

The judge ordered him competent, and he pleaded guilty earlier this year.

His court-appointed attorney, Richard Holicker, said he believed Shamblin suffered from dementia and had no memory of the incest. He asked that he be placed on probation instead of sent to prison.

"I'm not sure prison will accomplish anything whatsoever," Holicker said. "He's not all there. In order to punish someone, they have to get that they are being punished."

Holicker said Shamblin had no home but asked that he be allowed to live in a shelter with court-ordered mental counseling.

The victim said she didn't believe Shamblin suffered from dementia. Morris agreed.

"He's a manipulative person. He manipulated his daughter, he manipulated his family. And he's manipulating this court by contending he has no memory," Morris said.

The judge said, "I'm compelled to find that he is likely to commit crime again and the public good does require incarceration."

The judge also imposed 50 years of extended supervision after Shamblin is released. He will receive credit for 514 days he spent in jail awaiting the outcome of his case.

The victim did not want to speak following the hearing. She cried and hugged a family member who smiled and said, "She beat him."

Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or 304-348-4832.



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