On January 8, 2015, Maximo Ayala, Jr., age 23, entered a guilty plea to the charges of First Degree Sexual Abuse, Sexual Abuse by a Person in a Position of Trust, and Third Degree Sexual Abuse. Earlier today, the Honorable Miki Thompson sentenced Ayala to five to 25 years with regards to the charge of First Degree Sexual Abuse; 10 to 20 years with regards to the charge of Sexual Abuse by a Person in a Position of Trust, and one to five years with regards to the charge of Third Degree Sexual Assault.
The sentences will run consecutively thereby preventing Ayala from being considered for parole until he serves a minimum of sixteen years. In addition, upon the completion of his sentence, Ayala will be required to register as a sex offender and participate in the intensive supervision program for a period of 50 years.
During his plea hearing, Ayala acknowledged that he had sexual contact with a seven year old female at his home in Williamson, W. Va. Ayala further acknowledged that he had an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage minor who resided in his home.
Although unrelated to either victim, Ayala resided in the home of the older victim’s family and began a sexual relationship with her when she was only 13. The victim has since given birth to two children. During the course of the relationship, Ayala, the older victim, who only recently turned 16, and her family lived a nomadic lifestyle, moving several times including at least one move from Kentucky to West Virginia. Although a member of the extended family, the younger victim was only visiting the residence at the time of her assault, which was witnessed by an older brother, according to Teresa Maynard, Mingo County Prosecutor.
“During the eleven years that I have served in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, I have successfully prosecuted well over a hundred sexual assault cases and crimes involving child victims. However, I find the facts of this case to be particularly disturbing. As always, it is my goal in any sexual assault case to obtain justice for the victims. That goal has been reached in this case while also protecting these children from having to testify regarding these very sensitive and private matters. While I am sure that the victims face a long healing process, this conviction is the first step in that direction. I would like to thank Williamson Police Chief Barry Blair and Sgt. Dale Hensley of the West Virginia State Police for their outstanding efforts during the course of this investigation,” Maynard added.
Charges remain pending against Thelma Louise Thomas and Rodney Thomas, who are the parents of the older victim. Both have been indicted on two counts of Allowing Sexual Abuse of a Child. The parent’s trials are expected to take place later in this term of Court.