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Former superintendent released from parole

Nov. 08, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A former Cabell County school superintendent who was convicted of trying to sexually solicit a teenager online has been released from parole.

Richard Jefferson, 69, received his release Wednesday from Cabell Circuit Judge Paul T. Farrell, who based his decision upon Jefferson's compliance with home confinement and sex offender supervision.

Wednesday's ruling will have no impact upon continued requirements for sex offender supervision and Jefferson's place on the state's sex offender registry, according to defense attorney David Tyson and Cabell County Prosecutor Chris Chiles.

The decision comes a little more than a year after Farrell released Jefferson from five years of home confinement, instead ordering the former superintendent to remain on parole for the remainder of his 2- to 10-year sentence.

Jefferson pleaded guilty in June 2006 after authorities had said he tried to sexually solicit someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The alleged victim turned out to be an undercover police officer working in New Martinsville, W.Va. He received a 2- to 10-year prison sentence, but Farrell's predecessor Dan O'Hanlon reduced that punishment days later allowing him to serve it on home confinement.

Neither Chiles, probation nor home confinement officials objected to Wednesday's release.



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