A Herrick man who was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault last year was on Tuesday sentenced to 21 years in prison.
At the conclusion of a lengthy hearing on Tuesday, Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge Don Sheafor gave Roger L. Seaton three seven-year sentences, with the sentences running consecutively. The period of his mandatory supervised release after serving those sentences is four years to life, according to court records.
Prior to sentencing, Seaton’s attorney, Monroe McWard was allowed to present new evidence in support of his post-trial motion.
Sheafor ruled that the evidence was available at the time of the trial and was not new evidence, and denied the post-trial motion, according to court records. Prior to sentencing, Seaton gave a statement of allocution.
In addition to the three seven-year sentences, Sheafor handed down a $2,000 fine on one count, with Seaton’s bond to be applied to fines, fees and court costs outstanding, with 10 percent going to McWard per the bond assignment.
In February 2019, Sheafor found Seaton, 60, guilty on three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault after hearing testimony from witnesses in the case, arguments by State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison, and William Farr of Pana, Seaton’s attorney at the time, waived their right to present closing arguments.
Prior to Seaton’s testimony, Sheafor denied Farr’s motion for a directed verdict. A judge may enter a direct verdict when he or she believes that there is not sufficient evidence in the case.
Seaton was charged in February 2017 with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault in information filed by Morrison’s office.
Those three counts allege that between Nov. 1, 2008 and Feb. 1, 2009, Seaton committed sexual acts with a person under the age of 13.
Predatory criminal sexual assault is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, or up to 60 years in cases where the defendant is deemed eligible for extended terms.