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Alabama man sentenced for child sex crime in Wheeling

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An Alabama man convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl in Wheeling was sentenced to the maximum penalty on Friday.

Lamont Dees will spend 11-25 years in prison for the crime.

He was found guilty of sexual assault and sexual abuse by a jury in December.

Dees and some of his family spoke to a judge in Ohio County, denying allegations he sexual abused or assaulted a 12-year-old girl. The incident happened in 2013 at an apartment on Wheeling Island.

Dees was convicted in December of sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Prosecutors say he gave the girl -- his ex-girlfriend's daughter-- marijuana and alcohol, bringing her from Morgantown to Wheeling.

"He had her stay overnight and one night he provided her with vodka, got in bed with her and sexually assaulted her,” said Jenna Perkins, assistant prosecutor, Ohio County.

“The defense maintains Dees is innocent, and the young girl had her own problems and fabricated the assault.

Dees’ defense attorney asked the judge for mercy.

“Can my client be rehabilitated without being incarcerated? I believe he could be,” defense attorney Edward Gillison said.

Ohio County Circuit Court Judge David Sims explained to Dees he was found guilty by a jury, adding he is certain Dees used bad judgement.

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