Berryville man sentenced to 30 years in sexual assault involving minor girls

Friday, August 28, 2015
Frank Campbell

A Berryville man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday after being convicted of sexually assaulting two minor females.

A Carroll County Circuit Court jury found Frank Campbell, 45, guilty on two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of sexual indecency with a child, all felonies.

At the jury's recommendation, Judge Scott Jackson sentenced Campbell to 12 years each on the sexual assault charges and six years on the charge of sexual indecency with a minor.

Jackson ordered that the sentences be served consecutively.

Campbell had faced imprisonment for up to 20 years on each count of sexual assault and six years on the sexual indecency with a child charge. Jurors also could have recommended that he be sentenced to probation without serving any prison time.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Devon Goodman, who represented the state, told the jury during the sentencing phase of Campbell's trial that he should receive the maximum possible sentence.

"Justice is not, 'OK, Frank, here's your slap on the wrist. Go home and have some chicken tonight.' "

Campbell did not testify in his own defense during the trial that began Monday. On Wednesday, he sat stoically in the courtroom as Goodman and defense attorney Chris Flanagin presented their arguments.

"Don't put somebody on probation who exhibits no remorse for what he's done," Goodman urged the jury. "This stony-faced guy right here isn't sorry."

She referred to the two victims, who were sitting in the back of the courtroom.

"This isn't just Frank's day in court," Goodman said. "This is their day in court."

Flanagin argued that probation would be an appropriate sentence for Campbell, saying that as a convicted sex offender he would be subject to stringent requirements even if he wasn't sent to prison.

"I submit to you that it's outlandish to ask for a maximum sentence in this case," Flanagin said. "I submit that the maximum amount of supervised probation is appropriate."

Goodman said Campbell had been free on bond since shortly after his arrest in June 2014. After sentencing, he was immediately taken into custody. The intake log at the Carroll County Detention Center indicates he was booked into the jail Wednesday on a hold for the state Department of Correction.

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