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Father gets prison for sexually abusing daughter

A judge sent a Cross Lanes father to prison for 15-35 years after he said he sexually abused his young daughter while trying to teach her about sex.

William Daniel Boggess, 35, pleaded guilty earlier to sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian and to incest. Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom sentenced him Thursday.

"It's not acceptable, and will not be tolerated," Bloom told Boggess of his actions.

Prosecutors said Boggess' actions against his 11-year-old daughter involved oral sex and fondling himself in her presence. He also asked her to pose for nude photographs and videos. 

"If one person in the world should be expected to protect her, it is her father," said Assistant Prosecutor Erica Lord. "The one man she trusted used and abused her.

"Her sentence is effectively for the rest of her life," she said.

His court-appointed attorney, Barbara Brown, asked the judge to consider Boggess lack of criminal history and a psychologist's assessment that he was not likely to abuse others. She asked for probation or home confinement rather than prison.

The judge said he didn't believe prison would serve any rehabilitative purpose, but said Boggess' conduct deserved the harsh sentence.

Lord said, "He has never truly grasped the effect this would have on his daughter's life. He told police he was trying to teach her about sex and it got out of control.

"That's disgusting," she said.

Boggess was sentenced to five to 15 years for incest and 10-20 years for sexual abuse. State law allows longer sentences when the victim is under 12.

The judge ordered those sentences to be served consecutively. After his release, Boggess will be under another 50 years of court supervision and will be required to register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.

Boggess' ex-wife discovered the nude photos of the girl and alerted authorities. The photographs and camcorder images were taken on his couch and his bed.

She told police she was shocked by the images and copied them from memory cards to her home computer. Police took possession of the computer and an analysis showed 32 nude images of the girl, some with her legs spread and her private parts displayed.

Boggess has been held at South Central Regional Jail on a $250,000 bond since his arrest in April.

He did not speak at his hearing Thursday, and showed no emotion when the sentence was given.

Contact writer Cheryl Caswell at or304-348-4832.


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