Report: Hyde County Man Takes Plea Deal In Sex Crimes Case

A man accused of statutory rape is behind bars after reportedly pleading guilty to some of the crimes against him.

Kenneth Manning, 59, of Hyde County arrested in 2009 and charged with multiple sex crimes, including statutory rape. The Washington Daily News reports the judge in the case accepted the plea deal, which prevents other victims from pressing charges against Manning, so that the victims in this case would not have to testify and relive the crimes committed against them.

The Daily News says Manning was sentenced to 18 to 23 years in prison.

According to the Washington Daily News, the assistant district attorney told the judge that Manning's victim, a young man, suffers from flashbacks and nightmares and is now staying in a group home for victims of sexual abuse.


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  • by Melissa Location: Washington on Feb 15, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    There were a number of victims related to these charges. His guilty plea is a Godsend for those children, who would have had to testify and relive the horror they went through. These children will continue to deal with their trauma for the remainder of their lives and being forced to testify could undo a lot of the progress they've already made. This scumbag has been sitting in the Beaufort County jail since his arrest and now will be heading to the big house. And I assure you that he will get his as soon as the nature of his crimes is discovered by his fellow inmates - and that won't take long. And when this man dies, there will be an especially hot place in hell waiting for him!
  • by 250 Location: Jax on Feb 15, 2012 at 02:10 PM
    Y'all are hitting it spot on with the death sentence comments. High Noon, villiage square, refreshments provided and bring the kids.
  • by JLS Location: Hyde on Feb 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
    18-23 years? Not long enough time in my book!! Meanwhile his victim will suffer a lifetime of emotional pain and agony!
  • by Believer on Feb 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    Day after day, rapists, child molestors, sex offenders....Hell is really going to be full!
  • by Me Location: Washington on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    Ok so the judge accepts the plea deal which gives him a reduced sentence anyway. However with this deal other victims cannot charge him with anything. They have to live with the fact that this man did god awful things to them and there is no justice for them. How is that fair????
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      by Yankee on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM in reply to Me
      I agree. I am glad he is getting time but what took so long? Also, why shouldnt any other victims get justice?
  • by Typical for DownEast on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM
    Rapist, robbers, and sex offenders...
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      by c-had on Feb 15, 2012 at 07:59 PM in reply to Typical for DownEast
      Sadly it is typical everywhere as demonic activity has never left this planet and will not until the appointed time.Thank G-d Jesus is coming soon.Believe it and pray for it.
  • by Anonymous Location: Washington on Feb 15, 2012 at 09:50 AM
    I am horrified he only got 18-23 years. Can anyone tell me how much time he will actually serve? Will he get time off for "good behavior", etc? People get out early all the time.
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      by Time on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:34 PM in reply to Anonymous
      He will have to serve at least 18 years, could serve up to 23 depending on various factors, but he cannot serve less than 18 unless he dies first. I imagine the victims will take that rather than having to get on the stand and tell in court what he did.
  • by ncyankee Location: enc on Feb 15, 2012 at 07:39 AM
    what a shame, but, this guy is going to prison. wait until Bubba finds out what he did...people that do this type of crime really have a hard time in prison with other inmates...he deserves what he gets. btw, look at that face, scarry, cant imagine what those poor children went through.
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      by Yankee on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:46 AM in reply to ncyankee
      He is scary. They let a lot of these guys go unfortunatley. I am glad this child is getting justice. There are so many others who need it as well.
  • by snoop on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:50 AM
    This man should get the death penalty for all that he put the children thru!!!! He is not one that is worth feeding or housing thru the state! But on the other hand prisoners HATE CHILD MOLESTERS!!HE WILL GET HIS PAY BACK IN MORE THAN ONE WAY!!!!GOD will handle all this for us. That is what we need to remember.
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      by Yankee on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM in reply to snoop
      I hear ya! It needs to be a capital offense. It ruins lives and I say give them the death penalty.
  • by involved Location: washington on Feb 15, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    there has been an era in the news article. Victim is no longer in group home although he had to receive treatment in the group home for five months.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM in reply to involved
      era or error?
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