W. Va Man with Tie to Boston Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

An eastern Kanawha County (West Virginia) man who allegedly used his interest in vampires to meet underage girls has pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual abuse, as reported by the Associated Press.

Bryan Confere, 21, of Diamond pleaded Thursday to a single count of first-degree sexual abuse as the result of a plea agreement.

Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Meadows said the incident actually occurred in 2006 when Confere, who was 17 at the time, assaulted a 10-year-old girl while in the Belle area. He initially was charged as a minor but the case was transferred to adult status in 2007. Confere was indicted on the charge in April 2009.

He was then free on $70,000 bond when he traveled to Boston, Mass. in September 2009 and attempted to take a 12-year-old girl from her South Boston area home. Confere’s car broke down a few houses down from the girl’s home and he continued on foot, leaving a 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl in the vehicle, TV news station NECN-Boston reported after the incident.

The teen in the vehicle caught the attention of neighbors who let her call 911. Police caught up to Confere before he got to the 12-year-old’s home. The news station reported Confere met the 12-year-old girl on GothCityChat.com, an online chat room, in July.

He also had a profile on vampirefreaks.com, which has since been suspended.

Meadows told AP that Confere was placed on pre-trial probation but the case in Massachussetts “fell apart” and he was sent back to West Virginia and booked into South Central Regional Jail on Oct. 25, 2010.

Kanawha Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib sentenced Confere to serve six months to two years at the Anthony Center in Greenbrier County. Upon release he will be under supervision for a period of time.

He will be listed as a registered sex offender for the rest of his life, Meadows told AP.

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