Child predator accepts plea agreement
A Montpelier man will most likely die in prison after being sentenced to 480 years. He admitted in Louisa County Circuit Court on Nov. 7 that he molested a 10-year-old girl earlier this year and entered into a plea agreement with the Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.
Joe Callis Leake, 36, pleaded guilty to charges of abduction by force, indecent liberties with a child, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and animate object sexual penetration. He also pleaded guilty to four counts of production of child pornography and 25 counts of possession of child pornography.
The investigation began on March 8, when the victim told her school guidance counselor about the molestation from the previous evening. The counselor contacted social services, which immediately contacted the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and the investigation began into the allegation.
Investigators learned that on March 7, Leake had been allowed to take the child to the Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville, where they window-shopped and had lunch. During the shopping trip, the victim saw a pair of shoes that she asked Leake to buy for her.
According to the prosecution, Leake asked the child what she was willing to do for the shoes and the child replied, “Anything.” Leake told the victim to remember, “Anything means anything.” The shoes were not purchased and Leake returned the girl to her home.
Later, Leake asked the girl’s mother if he could take her back to the mall to purchase the shoes. He said they would be his birthday gift to her since her birthday was so close. According to Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire, the mother was reluctant to allow the child to go, but finally agreed.
Instead of returning to the mall, Leake drove to his trailer in Louisa County. McGuire said the trailer was full of candy and cookies.
“[It was] almost like candy land.” McGuire said.
Upon arriving at the trailer, Leake gave the child a bowl of ice cream and turned the television to Nickelodeon to watch a favorite children’s program, “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
As time progressed, Leake changed the channel to pornography and took the girl into the master bedroom, where he said he had something to show her. Once in the bedroom, Leake told the victim to take off her clothes.
The victim told Leake she would scream. He told her to scream, that no one would hear her. McGuire said it was at this time Leake told the child, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.” According to the prosecution, there was some type of physical altercation between Leake and the girl.
The first photo image of the victim was recorded at 9:30 p.m. and stopped at 10:02 p.m. Images started back up again at 11:30 p.m. During this time, Leake molested the child, as the mother was frantically trying to get in touch with Leake.
To read the entire story, see the Nov. 14 edition of The Central Virginian.