Albemarle man to face between 10 to 22 years in prison for sex crimes against children
Published 3:15 pm Monday, April 10, 2023
Former state trooper James Leopard, who was found guilty last week of sex crimes against children, was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 22 years, according to Stanly County Clerk of Superior Court Ginger Efird.
Leopard, 77, received an active sentence of between 59-131 months in prison for attempted second-degree forcible sex offense along with 59-131 months for attempted second-degree forcible sex offense consolidated with a crimes against nature charge. The two sentences will run consecutively.
The Albemarle resident was arrested in 2021 on numerous charges related to child sex crimes including indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense with a person 15 years or younger.
Leopard is currently residing at the Stanly County Jail, Efird said, until the Department of Adult Corrections picks him up.