An Iron Station man pleaded guilty in Lincoln County Superior Court last Friday (January 11) in connection with child sexual assault charges and will spend at least 20 years in prison.
Judge Casey Viser sentenced 26-year-old Peter Justin Desveaux, Jr., of Iron Station, to a minimum of 240 months and a maximum of 348 months, or 20 to 29 years in prison which will be followed by 30 months of supervised probation when he is released. Desveaux will also be required to register a sex offender for the rest of his life. Judge Viser issued a permanent no-contact order preventing him from ever having contact with the victim.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detective Kelsey Harrington began the investigation on April 16, 2018 after the eight-year-old female victim was interviewed at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center. During the interview she disclosed being sexually assaulted by the defendant who also gave her money and asked her not to tell anyone. The incident occurred on April 14, 2018.
The victim and suspect are related. On April 20, 2018 Detective Harrington interviewed the suspect, Peter Justin Desveaux, Jr. at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office where he admitted to committing the crimes. Desveaux will be transferred to the North Carolina Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence.