In handing down the sentence Wednesday afternoon, a Waynesboro judge called Vance an “absolute danger to society.”
Vance was accused of molesting a pair of 10-year-old year girl at a house on Arch Avenue last fall. He reportedly told police he couldn’t help himself. Vance, already a convicted sex offender, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Wednesday he was sentenced to just under 14 years in prison for those convictions. Waynesboro Judge Humes Franklin added another year and a half for Vance violating his probation.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Weidner stated, “The judge is really hard on sex offenders. And, he expressed his opinion today that he felt that this guy was a danger to society and had no place among civilized people.”
Vance’s previous convictions date back to 1995, forcible sodomy in Tazewell county. He’s also been found guilty three times for failing to register as a sex offender.
Waynesboro Judge Humes Franklin told Vance he’ll make sure his court file includes a note urging that the maximum jail time be handed down if Vance is ever convicted again.