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Charles Lambert Gibson
Monday, March 10, 2014
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Boones Mill man who faces up to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a child will undergo more psychiatric testing before he is sentenced for the crime.
Charles Lambert Gibson, 70, pleaded guilty in January to one count of forcible aggravated sexual battery of a 4-year-old child.
During Gibson's sentencing hearing Tuesday, Judge W.N. Alexander said the results of a mental evaluation of Gibson were "disturbing," and he did not think it was appropriate to sentence Gibson without more testing to determine his competence.
"I do not believe Mr. Gibson is competent at this time," Alexander added.
The judge ordered additional evaluations be performed by a psychiatrist, preferably at the state hospital in Petersburg.
Gibson was indicted in October on one count of sodomy and one count of taking indecent liberties with a child, but the sodomy charge was reduced to the lesser felony as part of a plea agreement, according to prosecutor Dwight Rudd. The indecent liberties charge was dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea.
The plea agreement was offered to Gibson to prevent the child from having to testify, Rudd said.
The incident occurred at a residence in Boones Mill on April 16, 2013.
Gibson remains incarcerated in the Western Virginia Regional Jail, but he will be hospitalized for mental treatment if needed, Alexander said Tuesday.