Counselor testifies Morgan Twp. child rapist is sexually violent predator

March 17, 2017
Eric Stull

WAYNESBURG – Eric Stull, who pleaded guilty last year to raping a young girl for nearly a decade, should be considered a sexual violent predator who is likely to offend again if ever released from jail, a counselor investigating his case testified Friday.

Julia Lindemuth, a member of the state Sex Offenders Assessment Board, testified Stull showed many signs of sexual deviate behavior and diagnosed him with pedophilic disorder, which she called a “lifetime condition.”

“He could not stop himself from this,” Lindemuth said.

State police arrested Stull last April after finding 35 videos at his Morgan Township residence showing him molesting and raping a young girl beginning in May 2006. Police said he was producing child pornography and shared some of the videos on the internet through file-sharing groups.

Stull, 49, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to 34 felony counts each of child rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and unlawful contact with a child, along with another 30 counts of corruption of minors. He also faces federal charges for producing and distributing child pornography, including the videos he took while abusing the girl.

“The victim expressed pain after multiple instances, but the abuse continued,” Lindemuth said.

Friday’s proceeding before Greene County Judge Lou Dayich was to hear testimony on whether Stull is a sexually violent predator, which would not change the sentencing guideline, but determine reporting standards if he’s ever released.

Stull, shackled and wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, quivered as he listened to Lindemuth’s testimony.

Lindemuth said she drew her conclusion from evidence that Stull showed interest in the prepubescent girl over several years. He also had power over her because the abuse started when she was a toddler. She added Stull’s claims of PTSD while in the military were unlikely to have caused the pedophilia.

“There’s no cure for pedophilia,” Lindemuth said.

Dayich said he will “consider all factors” and is expected to rule by Wednesday on whether to label Stull a sexually violent predator. A sentencing date has not been set, but Stull faces as long as 20 years in prison for each child rape charge.

Stull is being held without bond in Washington County jail.

Mike Jones has been a news reporter since 2005, covering crime, state and municipal government, education and energy. In addition to working at the Observer-Reporter, he also has spent time at the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail and Patch.com. He holds a journalism degree from West Virginia University.

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