Stines Sentenced to Prison for Sex Offense

Published Monday, May 9, 2016 at 9:29 am

On May 4, 2016, John Anthony Stines, age 33, plead guilty to four counts of attempted first degree statutory sexual offense.

On Oct. 12, 2015, a 5-year-old girl reported to her mother that Mr. Stines, her stepfather, had touched her inappropriately. The child was interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Blue Ridge and disclosed that Stines had sexually abused her on four separate occasions at their residence in Deep Gap, North Carolina. The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office conducted further investigation which corroborated the victim’s account.



Superior Court Judge Gary M. Gavenus sentenced Stines to serve a minimum of 16 years and a maximum of 24 years in prison.  Stines was also placed on the Sex Offender Registry for life and ordered to wear a satellite-based monitoring device for life.

“I continue to be committed to aggressively prosecuting offenders who would take advantage of the most vulnerable among us,” District Attorney Seth Banks said in a statement. “I would like to thank Assistant District Attorney Matt Rupp for his hard work on this case.  I would also like to thank the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Children’s Advocacy Center of the Blue Ridge for their roles in brining John Anthony Stines to justice.”

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