Convicted West Virginia child rapist re-arrested days after prison release

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A convicted sex offender who served several years of prison time for raping a 5-year-old girl was arrested again Friday after failing to register as a sex offender, Kanawha County court records show.

Joseph H. Lavigne Jr., 60, of Nitro, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender and failure to register for child abuse.

West Virginia Police troopers say Lavigne failed to register within three business days of his release from prison.

According to the criminal complaint, Lavigne was convicted Feb. 24, 1997, in Putnam County for incest with a minor, first-degree sexual assault and child abuse resulting in injury. That victim was a 5-year-old girl.

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Lavigne was taken to Kanawha Magistrate Court for his arraignment.



 
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