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David Ray Vance appeared for his sentencing hearing in Boone County Circuit Court on Dec. 28.

MADISON — A Madison man was sentenced on Dec. 28 in a sexual assault case — investigated beginning in April of 2019 — in which an 11-year-old girl was the victim.

Boone County Circuit Judge William Thompson sentenced David Ray Vance, who was 46 at the time of his arrest, to recurring sentences of no less than five years and no more than 25 years in prison, coupled with 50 years of supervised release. Vance was granted credit for time already served.

Vance pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse in the first degree. Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Donna Taylor requested the maximum sentence for Vance in the case with no chance of an alternative sentencing.

At least three family members of the victim addressed Vance during the proceedings, including the victim’s parents, who spoke directly of their daughter’s struggle and the overall impact on the family.

“You took everything from her…her childhood and being a child,” said her father.

Judge Thompson responded, “I appreciate the passion of the family but I especially appreciate the passion of the father,” he said to the court after the sentencing. “This is an 11-year-old little girl and this is inexcusable. Sexual contact with an 11-year-old. I just don’t understand it.”

Vance was given the floor to speak.

He said, “It shouldn’t have happened,” in a short statement to the court and the family of the victim.

Public defender David Lockwood cited a psychological evaluation of his client that resulted in what he termed as “low risk for hypersexual behavior or compulsive sexual behavior” and deemed him a candidate for an alternative sentencing like ”community supervision.”

The investigation was conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Division. The initial charges stemmed from what investigators referred to early in the investigation as “having sexual contact on at least three separate occasions” with the minor victim.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, during an interview with investigators, Vance admitted to the inappropriate contact with the victim.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry or at 304-307-2401.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.