An Iron Station man will spend at least 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sexual assault charges.
Peter Justin Desveaux Jr., 26, was accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in April. On Jan. 11, Judge Casey Viser sentenced Desveaux to a minimum of 240 months and a maximum of 348 months in prison, which will be followed by 30 months of supervised probation when he is released. Desveaux will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of is life. Viser issued a permanent no-contact order preventing Desveaux from ever having contact with the victim.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Kelsey Harrington began the investigation on April 16 after the eight-year-old female victim was interviewed at the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center. During the interview, the victim disclosed being sexually assaulted by Desveaux, who also gave her money and asked her not to tell anyone. The incident occurred on April 14.
The victim and suspect are related. On April 20, Harrington interviewed Desveaux 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.