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The Franklin News-Post
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Fax: 540-483-8013

Man pleads guilty to having sex with minor

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer

A Rocky Mount man pleaded guilty Monday in Franklin County Circuit Court to four charges of having sex with a 13-year old girl.

Ronald Leon Underwood Jr., 19, also pleaded guilty to sending the girl a photo of his private parts on a cell phone.

The charges against Underwood carries a maximum prison sentence of 50 years. However, through an agreement, Underwood's sentence will be no more than six years and six months in prison, according to Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.

The incidents occurred between June 1, 2011, and July 31, 2011, Allen said.

The commonwealth's attorney's office learned about the incidents when the mother of the girl discovered disturbing text messages on her daughter's phone from Underwood, Allen said. The mother brought the cell phone to the sheriff's office where the messages were downloaded.

During interviews with investigators with the sheriff's office, Underwood admitted to having sex with the 13-year-old girl four times at her parents' residence in Penhook, Allen said.

Evidence also showed that Underwood asked the girl for nude photos of herself, and he used his cell phone to ask the girl to have sex with him.

A presentence report was ordered on Underwood prior to his sentencing, which is set for Jan. 7 at 3:15 p.m.

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