A Benton County judge has sentenced an Albany man who previously served prison time for rape to 15 years behind bars for sexually abusing another victim.

Larry Ray Glover could have faced life in prison for the new charges because he has previously been convicted of sex crimes, Circuit Judge Matthew Donohue said.

However, the judge said, “The court finds substantial and compelling reasons not to impose a life sentence."

Donohue did not elaborate on what those reasons were, but said he would agree to sentence Glover, who is 46, based on a plea agreement worked out by Glover’s attorney and the state prosecutor.

Glover pleaded guilty to first-degree rape for engaging in sexual intercourse with a victim who was incapable of consent by reason of mental incapacitation or physical helplessness. Glover also pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse for subjecting the victim to sexual intercourse, to which she did not consent. Glover also entered guilty pleas to unlawful delivery of methamphetamine to a minor and purchasing sex with a minor.

Further, Glover pleaded guilty to commercial sexual solicitation, a crime which involved a different victim.

The crimes took place between June and August last year.

Before the judge handed down the sentence, Deputy District Attorney Amie Matusko read a letter written by family members of one of the victims.

“The Corrections Department failed to rehabilitate him and keep him off the streets,” Matusko read.

The letter stated Glover lures in at-risk youth with drugs.

“He is a sexual predator,” Matusko read. “He knew he was not to have any contact with children.”

Glover was on post-prison supervision at the time of the crimes last year. In 2010, Glover pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree rape, delivery of methamphetamine to a minor and third-degree rape for crimes committed in October 2009. The victim was 14 years old.

In that case, Judge Janet Holcomb sentenced Glover to seven-and-a-half years in prison and 10 years of post-prison supervision. Glover was also required to register as a sex offender.

Matusko said Glover may face additional prison time for violating his supervision by committing new crimes.

For the current case, Donohue sentenced Glover to 20 years on post-prison supervision, during which time Glover is not allowed to have contact with minors. Donohue also required Glover to register as a sex offender. Glover must pay $1,800 in restitution and $900 in fines.

Glover was represented by defense attorney Clark Willes. 

Lillian Schrock covers public safety for the Gazette-Times. She may be reached at 541-758-9548 or lillian.schrock@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter at @LillieSchrock. 

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