Man could get life on sex charges

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 15, 2005

A Suffolk man faces life in prison after pleading guilty to a multitude of felonious sex crime charges ranging back to the 1970s Thursday morning in Suffolk Circuit Court before judge Westbrook Parker.

On the day he was scheduled to go to trial, Mack Stephenson, 62, pleaded guilty to three counts of object penetration, three counts of aggravated sexual battery and four counts of indecent liberties with a minor in a case involving four victims.

On June 16, 2004, Stephenson was transporting a juvenile female to church when he allegedly fondled her breasts as she was exiting the church van, said prosecutor Marie Walls.

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The next day, Stephenson was arrested. When the girl went public with her accusations, other allegations came to light.

A juvenile female family member of Stephenson’s revealed that he had been assaulting her for the past five years, Walls added.

Then two more women accused Stephenson of assaulting them during their own juvenile years roughly three decades ago.

From 1972 to 1974, Stephenson allegedly assaulted one of the women while he was dating her mother. During this time, at a sleepover, he assaulted a friend of hers, Walls said.

Stephenson is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14.