A West Virginia man was sentenced to five years of probation and 50 years of supervision after being convicted of impregnating his 11-year-old daughter and forcing her to get abortions.
Michael Adkins was arrested in March 2014 after he and his wife arranged for two abortions for his 11-year-old daughter within 15 days, WSAZ reports.
Adkins was initially charged with sexual assault, incest, sexual battery, child neglect, intimidation by a witness and conspiracy. In September 2015, he pleaded guilty to incest as part of a plea deal and the other charges were dropped.
He withdrew his plea in March 2016 after learning that he may have to spend time in jail for the charges. Adkins believed he would be sentenced to home confinement, but Judge Al Ferguson refused to accept home confinement as a sentence or any plea deal that withdrew the possibility of prison time.
“I’m not going to put him on home confinement in this case. I don’t know what status that puts you in but after doing a pre-sentence investigation and everything that’s not a proper disposition in this matter.”
On November 16, Adkins received the sentence of probation and supervision after the case was transferred to a new judge. Under Cabell County Judge Paul Farrell’s orders, Adkins is also required to undergo therapy and register as a sex offender.
His wife, Amanda Adkins, the girl’s step-mother, was also arrested in March 2014. Adkins said she arranged the abortions without his knowledge. After pleading guilty to child neglect in 2015, her other charges – intimidation of a witness, obstructing an officer, and conspiracy – were dropped.
She was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 10 years of supervised release.
[Feature Photo: Michael Joe Adkins/West Virginia State Police]