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Former minister sentenced to 90 years for internet sex crimes

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - An 81-year-old former minister receives the 2nd longest prison sentence in Virginia history for internet sex crimes.

A judge sentenced Irvin Baldwin to 90 years Monday. In August, Baldwin was convicted of three counts of soliciting sex from a minor.

For more than 20 minutes, Baldwin addressed the court. He did not ask for leniency or fairness. He said he's already served a year for something he did not do. Baldwin told the court he did play a role and played it well, but it was only role play and nothing else.

The commonwealth says he had an incredibly vulgar chatroom conversation late last year with a detective posing as a 13-year-old girl. Baldwin maintains he knew there wasn't a child on the other end.

Four character witnesses testified on Baldwin's behalf. Each pleaded for leniency, citing his age and the voluntary mission work he's done throughout the world helping those in need. One witness called Baldwin an extraordinary worker, Christian and man. But the prosecutor pointed out that not one of those witnesses spent a large amount of time with Baldwin.  

At one point, Baldwin lashed out at the media for wanting to make this case more salacious by only saying he was a former minister. Baldwin says he was also an airline transport pilot, flight instructor, mechanic, carpenter among other trades. The commonwealth added sexual predator to the list.

Baldwin had little to say as he left Louisa Circuit Court on his way back to prison for good. Baldwin's attorney reserved the right for an appeal and declined comment after the sentencing hearing. The 90 year sentence is what the jury had recommended for Baldwin.

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