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Gilmer pastor found guilty of multiple child sex charges

By Sarah Thomas,
Oct. 15, 2013 at 8:57 a.m.

A former Gilmer pastor found guilty of multiple child sex charges will not be eligible for parole for 180 years, according to information released by Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd.

Judge Lauren Parish on Tuesday sentenced Hugo Fluellen, 54, to six consecutive life sentences, Byrd said.

Fluellen's wife Rosie Evans Fluellen, 44, remained in the Upshur County Jail on Tuesday under $150,000 bond on a charge of sexual assault of a child, Byrd said.

"She knew about it and was a party to the crime," Byrd said.

The jury was presented evidence that showed Fluellen began inappropriately touching his victim when she was in the second grade, Byrd said, and while Fluellen was a pastor.

"Witness testimony indicated that Fluellen would often molest his victim on the way home from church after she had attended church and sang in the choir," Byrd wrote in the press release. "Hugo molested his victim up until late 2012, when he was arrested on several counts of indecency with a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child."

DNA evidence also showed Fluellen fathered a child with the victim.

"The victim courageously took the witness stand and identified the defendant and described in detail the abuse that occurred to her inside her bedroom, at the church and while riding in the church vehicle on a local Gilmer road," Byrd wrote.

A Gilmer jury found Fluellen guilty and Judge Parish assessed punishment.

"Based upon the evidence, Judge Lauren Parish did not hesitate in stacking each life sentence," Byrd wrote.

Fluellen was prosecuted by Byrd and Assistant District Attorney Natalie Miller. The lead Investigator was Chris Clark from the Upshur County Sheriff's Office.



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