New details: Registered sex offender charged with crimes against 8-year-old boy appears in court

Posted at 5:48 AM, Mar 07, 2018

Warning: New details in this case contain information that some may find disturbing.

MATHEWS CO., Va. - A registered sex offender accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy appeared in court Wednesday morning. Matthews County deputies tell News 3 Leroy McKenney, 75, of Mathews County was arrested on Sunday after an incident involving an 8-year-old boy.

McKenney entered the courtroom with a walker, speaking softly. He told the judge he couldn't really read or write.

According to a criminal complaint, the 8-year-old boy told investigators McKenney had arranged for the boy to come to his property Sunday morning. The child says McKenney grabbed him by the back of his clothes and took him into his shed. Court documents say McKenney undressed the boy, touched his genitals and rear-end and took pictures.

According to court documents, the boy's sister saw him go into the shed with McKenney on Sunday. After 20 minutes, she tried to enter the shed, but the door was locked. She told investigators that she called for her brother. Court documents say McKenney told the boy not to tell his sister.

The criminal complaint says the sister saw McKenney go in the shed with the boy more than a dozen times. McKenney previously gave the children bikes and money before, according to the court documents.

Investigators were called to McKenney's home on Sunday. According to the sheriff's department there was enough evidence found to arrest the 75-year-old

As McKenney was being taken away, the boy's father said, "You sick son of a b***h. I hope you rot in hell."

McKenney is charged with abduction by force, sexual battery, two counts of contribute to the delinquency of a minor, two counts of indecent liberties, two counts of producing child porn and 16 counts of possession of child pornography second offense.

Court records show McKenney was convicted of sodomy and production of child pornography with a three-year-old boy in 1996. He served 12 years for those crimes.

McKenney’s family told us they aren’t surprised he was arrested again for sexually assaulting a young boy.