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Lumeyer receives prison sentence in sexual abuse case

Defense attorney George Cosenza and defendant Kenny Alan Lumeyer listen as family members recount what Lumeyer’s actions did to them. Lumeyer was sentenced Monday to over 20 years in prison for sexual abuse by a parent/guardian and incest in Wood County Circuit Court. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

PARKERSBURG — A Williamstown man was sentenced to over 20 years in prison on charges of sexual abuse by a parent/guardian and incest Monday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Judge JD Beane sentenced Kenny Alan Lumeyer, 50, to 10-20 years for sexual abuse by a parent and 5-15 years for incest to be served consecutively for the abuse against a 14-year-old mentally disabled family member in 2021.

Lumeyer pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea deal. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life once released.

Court records said he had sexual contact with the female victim, who had the mental capacity of a 7-8-year-old, and impregnated her. The girl carried the baby to term and the family put the child up for adoption, family members said in court.

Lumeyer sat in court at different times with his head down and crying as family members recounted what his actions did to them.

The girl’s mother said she never thought she would have to do something like this in having to stand up in court and tell what happened when they found out her daughter was pregnant and it was Lumeyer who did it.

“It breaks me all over again,” she said. “This sweet innocent child will never be the same.”

The impact of this has affected the entire family as all of her children are living in fear.

“She is a shell of what she was,” the mother said of the girl.

The mother talked about the life she and Lumeyer once had and how he threw it all away and he was never the man she thought he was. Now, her focus is on her children and having to support them by herself and she fears for their safety if he ever gets out of jail.

“My life has revolved around my children,” she said. “They have been and always will be my main focus.

“‘I was not the person I was. Nothing will ever be the same.”

She hoped Lumeyer will be locked away for a long time, but noted the plea agreement is not long enough.

“It is only fair that he suffers the consequences and guilt of his actions for the rest of his life,” she said.

Wood County Prosecutor Pat Lefebure said Lumeyer continued to try and forcibly insert himself into family gatherings, even though a protection order was in place and for him to have no contact with them.

The victim’s maternal grandmother also spoke about how Lumeyer took away their sense of security, continues to cause fear, all so he “could have his way.”

She berated him for not being the kind of father the kids needed and wished for, how his anger always surfaced and impacted their lives because he “always had to have everything his way.”

“Now we have to try to pick up the pieces and move ahead,” the grandmother said. “You have inflicted the kind of pain that will never go away.”

If he ever comes up for parole and she is still alive, the grandmother said she will be there to fight it so he will stay locked up.

“We will never be free from this nightmare and you shouldn’t be either,” she said.

Lumeyer did not give a statement to the court during his sentencing, with his defense attorney George Cosenza saying that his client wrote a letter to the court and would let that stand.

Cosenza said in the letter, Lumeyer took responsibility for his actions and tried to provide insight as to why he did what he did. The full letter was not read in open court.

The defense still moved for alternative sentencing and home confinement with intensive supervision, based on a psychological evaluation done prior to sentencing as Lumeyer’s criminal history is only limited to this case and would not likely reoffend.

Lefebure acknowledges the evaluation.

“However, we feel some crimes demand punishment,” he said. “That is what this case demands.”

He asked the court to impose the full 10-20 year and 5-15 year sentences and for them to run consecutively as well as having to register as a sex offender for life.

“That demands incarceration,” Lefebure said. “He is a predator.”

In his letter to the court, Lumeyer minimizes his actions, the prosecutor said, blaming others for what happened.

Beane handed down the full sentences for the charges agreed to. He gave Lumeyer 217 days credit for time served on the sexual abuse charge and no days credit for the incest charge. He also has to pay court costs.

A family friend read a letter from the victim as she did not appear in court.

After what happened, he threatened to kill her mother if she told, according to the victim. She felt unsafe and scared and it has impacted how she sees other people, afraid she will be hurt again.

“I can’t trust like I used to,” the letter said, adding she has bad dreams and fears for her family.

Brett Dunlap can be reached at bdunlap@newsandsentinel.com

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