Big Stone Gap Police Officer Oliver Mullins to Serve 10 Years in Prison For Child Abuse

WISE — Former Big Stone Gap police officer Oliver Winston Mullins was convicted of various sexual offenses Friday in Wise County Circuit Court.

As part of a plea agreement, Mullins, 32, of Pound, will serve 10 years in the penitentiary, followed by 20 years supervised probation and 10 years unsupervised probation. He will also have to register as a convicted sex offender. He has an additional sentence of 20 years in prison that is suspended.

Judge Larry B. Kirksey, filling in for Judge Chadwick Dotson, heard the plea. Mullins pleaded to aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a child under the age of 15.

During previous testimony, Mullins acknowledged that he had eight convictions for sexual battery while a juvenile and that he frequented websites promoting sexual contact between adults and children.

Mullins faced the judge with his wrists and ankles shackled, wearing a red cotton shirt and red sweatpants. The cavernous courtroom was empty except for those involved in the proceedings and seven people in the audience — all of whom, other than Mullins’ mother, were there for professional reasons.

Mullins said nothing beyond simple responses to the judge’s questions, including entering an Alford plea, which means the defendant acknowledges enough evidence for conviction but does not admit to having committed the crimes.

The crimes came to light after the school-aged girl told a teacher about them in early 2016. The crimes did not involve Mullins’ work as a police officer.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Josh Newberry said the victim has clarified and changed her statements at various times. Prosecutors were concerned that significant pressure had been put on the victim to change her story, including the victim recanting at one point and then denying the recantation and explaining why she recanted.

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  • John Lawrence

    I dunno, being subjected to the possibility of 4 life sentences and only getting 10 years behind bars (and let’s face it, he won’t see near that), regardless of the probation, still feels like special treatment, ‘your honor’. If there WAS real justice, he’d get a bullet between the eyes before leaving the courtroom. Sorry, but I have zero sympathy for pedos.