California hands down eight-year sentence |

California hands down eight-year sentence

Christina Proctor

Charles Segroves was sentenced to eight years in state prison for sexually abusing a young girl.

On Friday, El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury told the 40-year-old he needed to seek treatment while in prison and if he didn’t he would likely repeat his crimes.

“If it does happen again you’re basically buying yourself a life sentence,” Kingsbury warned.

As part of a plea agreement, Segroves pleaded guilty to seven felonies including continuous sexual abuse of a girl under the age of 14, unlawful sexual intercourse, lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14 and use of a minor to perform prohibited acts on film. According to investigators, the abuse began when the girl was 11 or 12 years old and continued for four years.

Although Kingsbury applauded Segroves’ guilty plea she didn’t believe the 40-year-old had taken total responsibility for his crimes. In an interview with a probation officer Segroves admitted to having sexual intercourse with the girl, but then later retracted the statement.

“You need to admit that this was your total responsibility,” she said.

Segroves, a former South Tahoe Middle School assistant basketball coach, was ordered to pay a $7,000 restitution fine and $980 for counseling provided to the victim and her mother. Segroves will have to serve 85 percent of the sentence, or just under seven years, before he is eligible for parole. He will also have to submit to an HIV test and register as a sex offender.

Segroves will be back in court today for a hearing on whether on not he will be extradited to Nevada to face similar charges. The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office charged Segroves with five felonies for alleged sexual assaults on the girl in the Cave Rock area.

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