Norton man receives 20 years of prison time for child sex charges

A Norton man is facing 20 years in prison after he was found guilty last week on child sex charges.

According to Commonwealth Attorney Chuck Slemp, 36-year-old William Richard Shockley was found guilty on Friday in the Wise County Circuit Court for producing child pornography of a child less than 13 years of age, sodomy of a child less than 13 years of age, and aggravated sexual battery of a child less than 13 years of age.

Shockley was sentenced by a judge to forty-five years in the penitentiary with twenty-five years suspended, meaning he will spend twenty years in the Virginia Department of Corrections. He must also complete forty years of supervised probation after his release and must register as a sex offender.

Norton police said in June of 2016 they received a complaint about ongoing sexual abuse of a child. An investigation lead to charges against Shockley in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court of Wise County.

Those charges were dismissed according to Slemp due to a lack of evidence.

Slemp said he worked with investigator Matt Hubbard at the Norton City Police Department and the Southwest Virginia Child Advocacy Center to continue investigating the case  — leading to an indictment and, eventually, a conviction.

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