Convicted Sex Offender Violates Probation

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

He's already spent 20 days in jail, now a former Richlands ice cream shop owner will spend another 20 behind bars for violating his probation.

50 year old Ernest Van Cooney was in court Tuesday afternoon, after being found in criminal contempt for violating his probation.

Van Cooney pleaded guilty in April to sexual battery and assault charges, he received a 20 day jail sentence and three years probation.

Tuesday, Van Cooney asked the judge to let him serve an active 120 sentence instead of probation, siting he would rather serve jail time so he can move out of the state.

The judge disagreed with Van Cooney request.

He is to finish his probation after his 20 day sentence, and will be on the sex offender registry for 30 years.


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  • by K Location: Richlands on Aug 19, 2009 at 04:11 AM
    This man discusses me. And to think my hard earned money went to defend this JERK when I took my children to get ice cream. I hope the young girls are getting therapy. I think this was a terrible way of telling all the victims Justice will br served. Not in this case. I am glad he was not allowed to move. I hope everytime he sees one of his victims he chokes. K
  • by Kathy K Location: Newport nc on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Convicted Sex Offender Violates Probation lock him up for life .i work around many and that's how I feel
  • by Kathy k Location: Newport NC on Aug 4, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    Can Convicted Sex Offender sell item at a flea mall or does it violate probation.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 26, 2009 at 08:24 PM
    I feel that this show's how money and friend's in high place's influnce sentencing he admitted to sex offence's he need's more than 20 day's in jail and 3 year's on probation but the law is blind these day's i guess deffinatly in Onslow County
  • by googogorgogogrolgdlldlgdfg Location: you know where on Jul 22, 2009 at 04:51 PM
    good week in court huh- Thank you Judge Henry you are great
  • by wonder Location: richlands on Jul 22, 2009 at 06:30 AM
    no onw has the full story but , God , Ernie and the girls it happened too. T you have never been involved in a case here I see
  • by huh Location: jack on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:58 AM
    Why put away till he dies Ace what do you know he did ?
  • by Steve Location: Chocowinity on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    WOW a 20 days more in jail??? Now the Convicted Sex Offender will probably sue the court because they slapped his hand to hard. Come on court system, wake up and lock these creeps up.
  • by T Location: Washington on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:24 AM
    If there was enough evidence to convict him why does he only have so little a sentencing? There is something not right about this. Usually they get many years in prison and all he got was 20 days and 3 yrs. probation. We do not have the full story here.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 22, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    This is why judges should have several small childern to set on the bench. When one is violated them the criminal will be punished. This guy needs to be put away till he dies.
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