The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A North Carolina man will serve 14 months of a six-year prison sentence for having sex with a 14-year-old Ferrum girl in May 2013.
Eric Sciarabba, 45, was convicted Monday of two felony counts of carnal knowledge of a child.
Sciarabba was also sentenced to three years probation and 10 years of good behavior.
"You don't seem like a pedophile," Alexander told Sciarabba. "You have a good reputation and no criminal record. It does not seem as if you meant to harm the girl."
"But looking at (a photo of) this little girl, she's clearly not age appropriate for you," the judge added.
The charges stem from a missing person's report filed by the parents of the victim on May 13, 2013, according to prosecutor Patrick Nix. The victim's friend contacted school officials when the victim did not attend school on Monday after spending part of the weekend at her house.
The friend admitted that the victim had left her residence to meet a man around midnight Friday and she had not seen her since, Nix said.
The relationship between the victim and Sciarabba began with online conversations on a dating website in December 2012, according to investigators. The victim indicated that she was older than 14 on the website.
While at her friend's house on May 10, the victim called Sciarabba around 10 p.m. and asked him to pick her up in Ferrum, investigators said. Two hours later, the victim left her friend's house to meet Sciarabba. She told her friend Sciarabba was a friend of her brother.
Once together, Sciarabba and the victim stayed in a motel room in Rocky Mount Friday night, Nix said. During their stay, Sciarabba and the victim both admitted to investigators that they engaged in intercourse twice.
On Saturday morning, Sciarabba took the victim to his residence in North Carolina, where she was located on Monday morning, Nix said.
Sciarabba also faces charges in North Carolina in connection with the incident, Nix said.